Synopses & Reviews
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "The Uninhabitable Earth hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon." —Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon
With a new afterword
It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible — food shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation.
An "epoch-defining book" ( The Guardian) and "this generation's Silent Spring" ( The Washington Post), The Uninhabitable Earth is both a travelogue of the near future and a meditation on how that future will look to those living through it — the ways that warming promises to transform global politics, the meaning of technology and nature in the modern world, the sustainability of capitalism and the trajectory of human progress.
The Uninhabitable Earth is also an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation — today's.
Praise for The Uninhabitable Earth
"The Uninhabitable Earth is the most terrifying book I have ever read. Its subject is climate change, and its method is scientific, but its mode is Old Testament. The book is a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet." —Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times
"Riveting.... Some readers will find Mr. Wallace-Wells's outline of possible futures alarmist. He is indeed alarmed. You should be, too." —The Economist
"Potent and evocative....Wallace-Wells has resolved to offer something other than the standard narrative of climate change....He avoids the 'eerily banal language of climatology' in favor of lush, rolling prose." —Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times
"The book has potential to be this generation's Silent Spring." —The Washington Post
"The Uninhabitable Earth, which has become a best seller, taps into the underlying emotion of the day: fear....I encourage people to read this book." —Alan Weisman, The New York Review of Books
"Most of us know the gist, if not the details, of the climate change crisis. And yet it is almost impossible to sustain strong feelings about it. David Wallace-Wells has now provided the details, and with writing that is not only clear and forceful, but often imaginative and even funny, he has found a way to make the information deeply felt." Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything is Illuminated
"David Wallace-Wells argues that the impacts of climate change will be much graver than most people realize, and he's right. The Uninhabitable Earth is a timely and provocative work." Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction
"One of the very few books about our climate change emergency that doesn't sugarcoat the horror." William T. Vollmann, author of No Immediate Danger
About the Author
David Wallace-Wells is a columnist and deputy editor at New York magazine. He has been a national fellow at the New America Foundation and was previously the deputy editor of The Paris Review. He lives in New York City.