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"This is one of the grandest thought experiments of our time, a tremendous feat of imaginative reporting!" (Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature)
"A powerful vision of a possible future for the earth" (Nick Rennison Sunday Times)
"flesh-creepingly good fun... an expert-led fantasia of the post-human planet... shamefully enjoyable" (Independent)
"Compelling... jammed packed with fascinating 'what ifs'" (Guardian)
"(a) tremendous work of popular (and I mean that in the best way) science ... an engrossing story that, whilst the stuff of fantasy, has roots in the environmental damage inflicted on the planet today." (Publishing News)
A fascinating - and terrifying - glimpse of what the world would be like if humans disappeared todaySee all Product description
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Overall, a very insightful and interesting read, not a boring and repetitive as the tv series, I would highly recommend for anyone with an interested in the subject area.
It's with this premise that Alan Weisman sets out to explore the possible and likely consequences of our tenure here. What buildings would survive? What happens to our cities? Our livestock, pets and cultivated plants?
There is much more to this book though. For, by discussing our potential legacy, the author spotlights what we are currently doing to the planet. I think this is his real agenda, by showing us what might happen without us it becomes obvious how much worse it well could be if we carry on as we've been doing.
It may well have been a deliberate move by the publisher to downplay the environmentalist angle in this book's marketing, in favour of something more sensationalist. I certainly didn't expect some of the material and it wasn't quite the book I thought it might be, it wasn't unwelcome however. In fact the sense of perspective added by little historical and personal vignettes deepens, I think, the appreciation of his subject matter. On the other hand he does sometimes get a little bit lyrical at times, particularly when describing some of the people he has met in the course of research. Perhaps it's the journalist in him.
Highly readable with a clear non-authortitarian tone, made it one of the best books I've read this year. After reading it you may just wish that we would just disappear and leave this place alone.
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