The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

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The World Without Us Read Online Free - 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.

Title : The World Without Us
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ISBN : 0312347294
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 324 pages


Stephanie *Very Stable Genius* rated it ★★★★☆

February 13, 2012

If you are like me “The World Without Us” will cause you want to do one of two things. A: Find a remote wilderness and build a cabin. Add a few chickens, goats, cows ect. and live off the land with as much peace of mind you can muster until man destroys the planet. Or B. Say "AWWW F**K IT", and p...

Mateo rated it ★★★★★

September 15, 2007

Yeah, what you've heard about this book is true: It really is very good, very scary, very depressing--AND it's written entirely in Spurdlish, a language I just made up that consists only of the letter 't'. If it only enabled fire ants to slowly liquify Dick Cheney, it would be perfect. Okay, I'm k...

brian rated it ★★★☆☆

May 07, 2012

the world without us... would be a better place. well, not for the dogs. they'd die out pretty quickly. and since dogs are the greatest things on the planet, it gives one pause. but, no. the badness of all the bad shit we've done outweighs even the goodness of the dogs. the kanamits aren't gonna...

Colin rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 28, 2008

In The World Without Us, Alan Weisman attempts to answer the question of what would happen to the earth if, for whatever reason, humans were to completely disappear tomorrow. While it’s a fascinating premise, one that Weisman undoubtedly put a lot of time and effort into, the execution falters. I...

Marcus rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 16, 2008

I enjoyed the premise, but the execution was a snoozer. I'm not sure if it was the author's soporific style, or that I was let down by his overly repetitive rundown on floral succession: "asparagus and trumpet vine take hold as dingleberries and snorfle-weed provide shade..." Over and over; it fe...

Michael rated it ★★★★☆

October 01, 2013

Well written and researched exploration of the premise of how the world would change if humans suddenly disappeared from the earth. This ostensible absurd premise turns out to be a very useful lens to view many important environmental and ecological issues. Several chapters, such as those on plas...

Jim rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 07, 2014

The Coda (last chapter) should probably be read first as it sums up the thrust of the book & it's not what the description & title suggest. It started out as billed, a look at what the world would look like if we disappeared, but devolved into a platform for an environmental rant with som...

Riku rated it ★★★★☆

October 12, 2013

I am disappointed that in spite of the tremendous scope, the book never manages to rise beyond the past and the present and truly explore its potential - that of imagining a post-human world, far into the future. Most of the book was about the world before humans and about how we have changed it....

Glenn rated it ★★★★☆

December 18, 2007

I came across this book on a jaunt around the web, and, I suspect like most people, thought “what an amazing idea!” The only question I had in hearing about it was whether the writing in the book would live up to its premise. It does, effortlessly. There is real, unforced poetry in Alan's writing,...

4triplezed rated it ★★★★☆

October 18, 2016

For a science duffer like me this was easy to read and I would recommend it. So us westerners have left depleted uranium with a half life of 4.5 billion years all over Iraq and expect them to like us? Ha! I had no idea of the ramifications of depleted uranium, heck the science side of this has pa...

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