The World Without Us

By Alan Weisman
(Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312427900, 416pp.)

Publication Date: August 5, 2008

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“With the help of engineers, art conservators, zoologists, religious leaders, and paleontologists, Weisman looks at what would happen if humans disappeared. Let's face it, things fall apart -- but how? This thought-provoking book looks to the past and the future, and offers much to discuss and debate.”
-- Barbara Theroux, Fact & Fiction, Missoula, MT


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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
"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.




About the Author
Author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller The World Without Us, Alan Weisman is an award-winning journalist whose reports have appeared in Harper's, the New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Discover, and Orion, among others, and on National Public Radio. A former contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine, he is a senior radio producer for Homelands Productions and teaches international journalism at the University of Arizona. He lives in western Massachusetts.
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