The World without Us

Author(s): Alan Weisman


On the day after humans disappear, nature takes over and immediately begins cleaning house - or houses, that is. Cleans them right off the face of the earth. They all go. What if mankind disappeared right now, forever? ...What would happen to the Earth in a week, a year, a millennium? Could the planet's climate ever recover from human activity? How would nature destroy our huge cities and our myriad plastics? And what would our final legacy be? Speaking to experts in fields as diverse as oil production and ecology, and visiting the places that have escaped recent human activity to discover how they have adapted to life without us, Alan Weisman paints an intriguing picture of the future of Earth. Exploring key concerns of our time, this absorbing thought experiment reveals a powerful - and surprising - picture of our planet's future. First published 2007.


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Shortlisted for National Book Critics Circle Awards: Nonfiction 2008.

Alan Weisman is a journalist and the author of numerous books. His writing has won several major awards and has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and the Los Angeles Times Magazine.

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  • : 9780753513576
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Virgin Books
  • : 0.315
  • : February 2008
  • : 195mm X 131mm X 24mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : Integrated b/w
  • : 336
  • : 304.2
  • : English
  • : 2008
  • : Paperback
  • : Alan Weisman