A Penetrating, Page Turning Tour Of A Post Human EarthIn The World Without Us, Alan Weisman Offers An Utterly Original Approach To Questions Of Humanity S Impact On The Planet He Asks Us To Envision Our Earth, Without Us In This Far Reaching Narrative, Weisman Explains How Our Massive Infrastructure Would Collapse And Finally Vanish Without Human Presence Which Everyday Items May Become Immortalized As Fossils How Copper Pipes And Wiring Would Be Crushed Into Mere Seams Of Reddish Rock Why Some Of Our Earliest Buildings Might Be The Last Architecture Left And How Plastic, Bronze Sculpture, Radio Waves, And Some Man Made Molecules May Be Our Most Lasting Gifts To The Universe The World Without Us Reveals How, Just Days After Humans Disappear, Floods In New York S Subways Would Start Eroding The City S Foundations, And How, As The World S Cities Crumble, Asphalt Jungles Would Give Way To Real Ones It Describes The Distinct Ways That Organic And Chemically Treated Farms Would Revert To Wild, How Billions Birds Would Flourish, And How Cockroaches In Unheated Cities Would Perish Without Us Drawing On The Expertise Of Engineers, Atmospheric Scientists, Art Conservators, Zoologists, Oil Refiners, Marine Biologists, Astrophysicists, Religious Leaders From Rabbis To The Dali Lama, And Paleontologists Who Describe A Prehuman World Inhabited By Megafauna Like Giant Sloths That Stood Taller Than Mammoths Weisman Illustrates What The Planet Might Be Like Today, If Not For UsFrom Places Already Devoid Of Humans A Last Fragment Of Primeval European Forest The Korean DMZ Chernobyl , Weisman Reveals Earth S Tremendous Capacity For Self Healing As He Shows Which Human Devastations Are Indelible, And Which Examples Of Our Highest Art And Culture Would Endure Longest, Weisman S Narrative Ultimately Drives Toward A Radical But Persuasive Solution That Needn T Depend On Our Demise It Is Narrative Nonfiction At Its Finest, And In Posing An Irresistible Concept With Both Gravity And A Highly Readable Touch, It Looks Deeply At Our Effects On The Planet In A Way That No Other Book Has
See this thread for information. Alan Weisman s reports from around the world have appeared in Harper s, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Orion, Wilson Quarterly, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones, Discover, Audubon, Cond Nast Traveler, and in many anthologies, including Best American Science Writing 2006 His most recent book, The World Without Us, a bestseller translated into 30 languages, was named the Best Nonfiction Book of 2007 by both Time Magazine and Entertainment Weekly, the 1 Nonfiction Audiobook of 2007 by iTunes a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction, for the Orion Prize, and a Book Sense 2008 Honor Book His previous books include An Echo In My Blood Gaviotas A Village to Reinvent the World 10th anniversary edition available from Chelsea Green and La Frontera The United States Border With Mexico He has also written the introduction for The World We Have by Thich Nhat Hanh, available this fall from Parallax Press A senior producer for Homelands Productions, Weisman s documentaries have aired on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and American Public Media Each spring, he leads an annual field program in international journalism at the University of Arizona, where is Laureate Associate Professor in Journalism and Latin American Studies He and his wife, sculptor Beckie Kravetz, live in western Massachusetts.
- 324 pages
- The World Without Us
- Alan Weisman
- 25 August 2019 Alan Weisman