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The World Without Us
by Alan Weisman

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"Time" #1 Nonfiction Book of 2007
"Entertainment Weekly" #1 Nonfiction Book of 2007
Finalist for the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award
"Salon" Book Awards 2007
Amazon Top 100 Editors' Picks of 2007 (#4)
Barnes and Noble 10 Best of 2007: Politics and Current Affairs
"Kansas City Star"'s Top 100 Books of the Year 2007
"Mother Jones"' Favorite Books of 2007
"South Florida Sun-Sentinel" Best Books of the Year 2007
"Hudson"'s Best Books of 2007
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Overview

"Time" #1 Nonfiction Book of 2007
"Entertainment Weekly" #1 Nonfiction Book of 2007
Finalist for the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award
"Salon" Book Awards 2007
Amazon Top 100 Editors' Picks of 2007 (#4)
Barnes and Noble 10 Best of 2007: Politics and Current Affairs
"Kansas City Star"'s Top 100 Books of the Year 2007
"Mother Jones"' Favorite Books of 2007
"South Florida Sun-Sentinel" Best Books of the Year 2007
"Hudson"'s Best Books of 2007
"St. Louis Post-Dispatch" Best Books of 2007
"St. Paul Pioneer Press" Best Books of 2007

If human beings disappeared instantaneously from the Earth, what would happen? How would the planet reclaim its surface? What creatures would emerge from the dark and swarm? How would our treasured structures--our tunnels, our bridges, our homes, our monuments--survive the unmitigated impact of a planet without our intervention? In his revelatory, bestselling account, Alan Weisman draws on every field of science to present an environmental assessment like no other, the most affecting portrait yet of humankind's place on this planet.



 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312427900
  • ISBN-10: 0312427905
  • Publisher: Picador USA
  • Publish Date: August 2008
  • Page Count: 416


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Books > Science > Environmental Science
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The World Without Us

In his latest book, which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award, Weisman, an acclaimed journalist and science writer, explores the darkest of possibilities: what would happen on Earth if mankind became extinct? To formulate an answer to this question, Weisman talked with experts in a number of fields, from biologists and environmentalists to Indian spiritual guides and museum curators. Weisman's discoveries about what might happen in a world without humans is chilling. New York City subways would quickly fill with water, vegetation would consume buildings and streets, and domesticated animals would become the prey of their wild counterparts. Litter and waste—a billion tons of plastic, built-to-last rubber tires beyond counting—would, of course, outlive mankind. However, with humans out of the way, many of the fish, birds and trees now on the endangered species list could experience a second coming. Also surviving man: radio waves transmitting TV broadcasts into outer space—forever. Thoroughly researched and elegantly written, this chilling narrative, which started out as an article for Discovery magazine, sheds disturbing new light on the state of the planet and mankind's role in life on Earth.

 
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