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National bestseller, and Finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle
A penetrating, page-turning, groundbreakingtour of Earth without people
Most books about the environment build on dire threats warning of the possible extinction of humanity. Alan Weisman avoids frightening off readers by disarmingly wiping out our species in the first few pages of this remarkable book. He then continues with an astounding depiction of how Earth will fare once were no longer around.
The World Without Us is a one-of-a-kind book that sweeps through time from the moment of humanitys future extinction to millions of years into the future. Drawing on interviews with experts and on real examples of places in the world that have already been abandoned by humansChernobyl, the Korean DMZ and an ancient Polish forestWeisman shows both the shocking impact weve had on our planet and how impermanent our footprint actually is.