"On the day after humans disappear, nature takes over and immediately begins cleaning house - or houses, that is. Cleans them right off the face of the earth.They all go."
Alan Weisman looks to the future to discover what the world might be like, and how it would change, if humans disappeared right now, for good. In the current age of anxiety over our impact on the earth's climate and environment, this timely book offers an intriguing glimpse of what the real legacy of our time on the planet may be.
How would the natural world respond if it were suddenly relieved of the burden of humanity? Would the climate return to where it was before we fired up our engines? Could nature ever obliterate all traces of human civilization? How would it undo our largest buildings and public works, and could it reduce our myriad plastics and synthetics to benign, basic elements? And what about architecture and art? What will be our most enduring legacy?
This groundbreaking book examines areas of the world that have been abandoned or never occupied by humans to see how they have fared without us and looks beyond to discover whether, and for how long, our largest cities, biggest achievements and most devastating mistakes will last after we are gone. In doing so it wrestles with some of the key concerns of our time and reveals a picture of the future that is both illuminating and terrifying.Revue de presse :
"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)
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Description du livre Picador. PAPERBACK. État : New. 0312427905 New Condition. First Edition. Slight shelf wear on dust jacket. N° de réf. du libraire 64A-LQSJ-P606
Description du livre Picador, 2008. État : New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "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 and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future "Brilliantly creative . . . An audacious intellectual adventure . . . His thought experiment is so intellectually fascinating, so oddly playful, that it escapes categorizing and clichs. . . . It sucks us in with a vision of what is, what has been, and what is yet to come. . . . It''s a trumpet call that sounds from the other end of the universe and from inside us all."-- Salon "An astonishing mass of reportage that envisions a world suddenly bereft of humans."-- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "A fascinating nonfiction eco-thriller . . . Weisman''s gripping fantasy will make most readers hope that at least some of us can stick around long enough to see how it all turns out."-- The New York Times Book Review "Alan Weisman has produced, if not a Bible, at least a Book of Revelation."-- Newsweek "The book boasts an amazingly imaginative conceit that manages to tap into underlying fears and subtly inspire us to consider our interaction with the planet."-- The Washington Post "Extraordinarily farsighted . . . Beautiful and passionate."-- The Boston Globe "Grandly entertaining."-- Time " The World Without Us gradually reveals itself to be one of the most satisfying environmental books of recent memory, one devoid of self-righteousness, alarmism, or tiresome doomsaying."-- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A refreshing, and oddly hopeful, look at the fate of the environment."-- BusinessWeek "This book is the very DNA of hope."-- The Globe and Mail (Toronto) "Prodigious and impressive." --The New York Times "I don''t think I''ve read a better nonfiction book this year." -- Lev Grossman, Time Book Critic "In his provocative new book, The World Without Us, Alan Weisman adds a dash of fiction to his science to address a despairing problem: the planet''s health." U.S. News & World Report "An exacting account of the processes by which things fall apart. The scope is breathtaking . . . the clarity and lyricism of the writing itself left me with repeated gasps of recognition about the human condition. I believe it will be a classic." -- Dennis Covington, author of National Book Award finalist Salvation on Sand Mountain "One of the most ambitious ''thought experiments'' ever." --The Cincinnati Enquirer "Alan Weisman offers us a sketch of where we stand as a species that is both illuminating and terrifying. His tone is conversational and his affection for both Earth and humanity transparent." -- Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams "Fascinating, mordant, deeply intelligent, and beautifully written, The World Without Us depicts the spectacle of humanity''s impact on the planet Earth in tragically poignant terms that go far beyond the dry dictates of science. This is a very important book for a species playing games with its own destiny." -- James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency "Weisman''s enthralling tour of the world of tomorrow explores what little will remain of ancient times while anticipating, often poetically, what a planet without us would be like."-- Publishers Weekly (starred) "The imaginative power of The World Without Us is compulsive and nearly hypnotic--make sure you have time to be kidnapped into Alan Weisman''s alternative world before you sit down with the book, because you won''t soon return. This is a text that has a chance to change people, and so make a real difference for the planet."--Charles Wohlforth, author of Los Angeles Times Book Prizewinning The Whale and the Supercomputer "Weisman is a thoroughly engaging and clarion writer fueled by curiosity and determined to cast light rather than spread despair. His superbly well-researched and skillfully crafted stop-you-in-your-tracks report stresses the underappreciated fact that. N° de réf. du libraire ABE_book_new_0312427905
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Description du livre St Martin s Press, United States, 2008. Paperback. État : New. Reprint. 216 x 148 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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 2007If 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. N° de réf. du libraire ABZ9780312427900
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