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Awards

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
Mother Jones' Favorite Books of 2007

Staff Pick

"Let us try a creative experiment," Alan Weisman proposes on page three: If humans disappeared from earth, what would happen? To your home, for example. To our cities, farms, and oceans. To the animals that remain. Or to the billion tons of plastic we'd leave behind. Deserving of the lively conversation it will inspire, rich with spectacular detail* — from the edge of the universe to the underground city of Cappadocia (spacious enough to house 30,000 people!) to the forests of New England — The World without Us is, in Bill McKibben's apt words, "one of the grandest thought experiments of our time."

*Details such as: "To dig [the Panama Canal] required the labor of 6,000 men every day for seven years." "Any vehicles and machinery that worked [at Chernobyl] on the cleanup, such as the giant cranes towering over the sarcophagus, are too radioactive to leave [the 10-kilometer radius around ground zero]. Yet skylarks perch on their hot steel arms, singing." "Les Knight, the founder of VHEMT -- the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement -- is thoughtful, soft-spoken, articulate, and quite serious. Unlike more-strident proponents of human expulsion from an aggrieved planet -- such as the Church of Euthanasia, with its four pillars of abortion, suicide, sodomy, and cannibalism, and a Web site guide to butchering a human carcass that includes a recipe for barbeque sauce -- Knight takes no misanthropic joy in anyone's war, illness, or suffering."
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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.

Review:

"If human beings vanished from the Earth, our ceramic pottery and bronze statues would last much longer than our wood-frame houses. New York's subways would be flooded within days; Lexington Avenue would be a river within decades. Head lice would go extinct, and predators would make short work of our doggies, but a lot of endangered fish and birds and trees would flourish in our absence. We endangered... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Alan Weisman has produced, if not a bible, at least a Book of Revelation." Newsweek

Review:

"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

Review:

"An astonishing mass of reportage that envisions a world suddenly bereft of humans." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Review:

"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 humankind's actions create a ripple effect across the web of life." Booklist (starred review)

Review:

"I don't think I've read a better non-fiction book this year.... [Weisman] writes like Malcolm Gladwell and John McPhee mashed together and set on fast-forward." Lev Grossman, Time online

Review:

"[S]o intellectually fascinating, so oddly playful, that it escapes categorizing and clichés.... Written as if by a compassionate and curious observer on another planet, [Weisman's] book restores a sense of wonder not just to one little piece of the cosmos, but to the human race whose amazing deeds have transformed it, and whose equally monumental folly now threatens it." Gary Kamiya, Salon.com

Review:

"A sober, analytical elucidation of the effects of human dominance on this planet, intriguing if not especially comforting. This book should be broadly read and discussed." Library Journal (starred review)

Review:

"Extraordinarily farsighted. A beautiful and passionate jeremiad against deforestation, climate change, and pollution." Boston Globe

Synopsis:

Weisman, an award-winning journalist, offers readers a penetrating — and sometimes terrifying — take on how the planet would respond without the relentless pressure of the human presence.

Synopsis:

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 Stars Top 100 Books of the Year 2007

Mother Jones Favorite Books of 2007

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Best Books of the Year 2007

Hudsons 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.

 

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About the Author

Alan Weisman is an award-winning journalist whose reports have appeared in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Discover, and on NPR, among others. 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. His essay "Earth Without People" (Discover magazine, February 2005), on which The World without Us expands, was selected for Best American Science Writing 2006.

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miri, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by miri)
Fascinating, but depressing.
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Marie D, January 8, 2012 (view all comments by Marie D)
Probably the most memorable book I read in 2011... I learned about incredible places in the world that I had never heard of before (Cappadocia, Turkey; the Białowieża Forest in Poland and Belarus that is the last fragment of virgin European forest) and considered issues about a humanless world that didn't even occur to me. The book always amazed with its facts and history and hypothetical situations.
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EcoGrrl, September 30, 2011 (view all comments by EcoGrrl)
Just finished this (bought used from Powell's - real books are the way, man!!!!) and loved it. Not a 'treehugger' book, rather a really excellent anthropological look at our society and how the earth would make up for what we've done to it if we were suddenly gone. I loved the historical aspects to this book - I learned so much about how the earth was before humans migrated to different areas and how our activities changed, literally, the landscape of the earth and our footprint on it, and so much damage that we've done that will take millions of years to undo. Great work.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312427900
Author:
Weisman, Alan
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Earth Sciences - General
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Material culture
Subject:
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Subject:
Human-plant relationships.
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
August 5, 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 18 black-and-white photographs
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.26 x 5.72 x 0.78 in

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"Staff Pick" by ,

"Let us try a creative experiment," Alan Weisman proposes on page three: If humans disappeared from earth, what would happen? To your home, for example. To our cities, farms, and oceans. To the animals that remain. Or to the billion tons of plastic we'd leave behind. Deserving of the lively conversation it will inspire, rich with spectacular detail* — from the edge of the universe to the underground city of Cappadocia (spacious enough to house 30,000 people!) to the forests of New England — The World without Us is, in Bill McKibben's apt words, "one of the grandest thought experiments of our time."

*Details such as: "To dig [the Panama Canal] required the labor of 6,000 men every day for seven years." "Any vehicles and machinery that worked [at Chernobyl] on the cleanup, such as the giant cranes towering over the sarcophagus, are too radioactive to leave [the 10-kilometer radius around ground zero]. Yet skylarks perch on their hot steel arms, singing." "Les Knight, the founder of VHEMT -- the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement -- is thoughtful, soft-spoken, articulate, and quite serious. Unlike more-strident proponents of human expulsion from an aggrieved planet -- such as the Church of Euthanasia, with its four pillars of abortion, suicide, sodomy, and cannibalism, and a Web site guide to butchering a human carcass that includes a recipe for barbeque sauce -- Knight takes no misanthropic joy in anyone's war, illness, or suffering."

"Review" by , "Alan Weisman has produced, if not a bible, at least a Book of Revelation."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "An astonishing mass of reportage that envisions a world suddenly bereft of humans."
"Review" by , "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 humankind's actions create a ripple effect across the web of life."
"Review" by , "I don't think I've read a better non-fiction book this year.... [Weisman] writes like Malcolm Gladwell and John McPhee mashed together and set on fast-forward."
"Review" by , "[S]o intellectually fascinating, so oddly playful, that it escapes categorizing and clichés.... Written as if by a compassionate and curious observer on another planet, [Weisman's] book restores a sense of wonder not just to one little piece of the cosmos, but to the human race whose amazing deeds have transformed it, and whose equally monumental folly now threatens it."
"Review" by , "A sober, analytical elucidation of the effects of human dominance on this planet, intriguing if not especially comforting. This book should be broadly read and discussed."
"Review" by , "Extraordinarily farsighted. A beautiful and passionate jeremiad against deforestation, climate change, and pollution."
"Synopsis" by , Weisman, an award-winning journalist, offers readers a penetrating — and sometimes terrifying — take on how the planet would respond without the relentless pressure of the human presence.
"Synopsis" by ,

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 Stars Top 100 Books of the Year 2007

Mother Jones Favorite Books of 2007

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Best Books of the Year 2007

Hudsons 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.

 

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