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Posted May 23, 2014
Dont waste your money
Well written but poorly researched and reasoned. This book takes a shrill, preachy and torpid tone after the first chapter and had little to do with Chernobyl. I can see why it hasn't won any awardsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2013
An OK Eco-Tourism Book
Disappointed as book was more of an "extreme tourism" book. The author appears to not have a science background. Spent way too much time discussing opinions of one or two persons, of unknown knowledge bases about the polluted areas visited. The book was interesting to a point, introduced me to some new pollution hot spots. One chapter describes a seemingly useless ocean voyage in the Pacific to find floating plastic trash rafts. Appeared to be a recreational and party voyage for non-scientists who didn't record any useable cohesive data about ocean trash. Did sound a warning, beware of environmental groups who do not uses funds wisely. The author's sense of humor made the book bearable. This is not a serious science book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 21, 2013
Visit Sunny Chernobyl!
Fascinating account of the author's travels to seven of the most polluted and environmentally impoverished places on earth: the exclusion zone in Chernobyl, oil sands country in Canada, refineryville in south Texas, the island of plastic floating in the pacific gyre, the soy farms of the Amazon, coal country in China, and the most polluted river of India. Full of interesting insights, the book offers the author's fairly objective observations and a number of surprising abd challenging discoveries. I'm already making long-range plans to visit Chernobyl myself as a result of reading this book. Recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2013
I liked the choice of polluted sites he visited. A background in
I liked the choice of polluted sites he visited. A background in biology would have helped, or and environmental science. I can't tell where he got some of his information. Also egocentric.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The mission out to the Pacific garbage gyre seemed a waste of fuel and time. I couldn't understand what the purpose was? No data seemed to have be collected. Those in charge sounded clueless. Worries me about some environmental groups intentions-to party?
The Amazon chapter featured sweet talking businessperson who destroyed rainforest trees for use as flooring in the United States and made lots of money. Author overlooked those who try so hard, sometimes giving their lives, to stop illegal logging and deforestation .One good point the author made was that beauty could be sometimes found even in the worst of situations and/or environments if one looked, and he did call attention to global pollution.
Posted June 6, 2013
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