World Without Us

World Without Us

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by Weisman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739490443

ISBN-13: 2900739490449

Pub. Date: 01/28/2007

Publisher: Debate, Editorial

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ISBN-13:
2900739490449
Publisher:
Debate, Editorial
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition

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The World Without Us 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This imaginative depiction of the world without human beings is truly astounding! not only do we receive brief history of man, but also what history would be like without man. one of the most enthralling and thought provoking books I have ever read. I truly could not put it down. The imagery used creates a world never thought of before. My respect for nature has always been high, but Weisman opened my eyes to things I had never imagined or thought possible. truly remarkable, a must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was very well written. The author wrote very well in specific detail about many of the things that humans have impacted on the earth such as animals, the environment, and many more. He discusses what would happen to the world if humans were to suddenly disappear and what impact we would leave on the world such as heavy metals in the soil, nuclear waste and more. It was a very good book and i encourage others to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The synopsis says: A penetrating take on how our planet would respond without the relentless pressure of the human presence. Everyone focuses on the overt theme...what happens if we all should disappear suddenly. Weisman's research is thorough and fascinating, his writing concise and illustrative. BUT by illustrating what happens to our world AFTER we have disappeared, Weisman clearly and devastatingly outlines just how negative human impact has been on the earth. In this, the book is one of the most persuasive tomes on the environment and environmentalism I've yet to read. It's a short leap, in my mind, from our current predicament to the potential solution proposed in the last few pages. Sadly, I think humans won't be disciplined enough to stick to the recommendation of one woman - one child.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a very good book and explains not only the things we know about but also things we didnt know about. P.S. the meaning of the book is to show what things would be like without man-kind. and we are poisoning mother Earth! hence Global Warming- its our fault whether people want to admit it or not. You dont have to hate the human race to understand that human kind is the major reason why other species are dying, the climate is changing, and people are dying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be the most convincing contemporary book about the environment since the 1960's. It's frightening yet somehow beautiful. We have a LOT to think about as human beings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very good read. Explains how the world would be like without us now and how it would be if we never existed. Many interesting chapters and facts much this book awesome. A Must Read for those you want to learn more about this earth and its processes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To be honest, before I purchased this book, I thought it would be a more step by step analysis of how long it would take for structures to fall apart and details such as how many pets would die within our vacant houses, etc. The book has a much more vast approach detailing all types of environments, species and human artifacts. It is more philosophical, fact filled and beautiful than I expected. The author does illuminate how subways, roads ,and houses will fare along with how nature will respond to our absence. That said, the chapters on plastics, toxins and nuclear waste were very disturbing. I've just finished reading this powerful work and am quite depressed regarding our past and present activities. Mr. Wiseman however ends with a positive note and as he is obviously more knowledgeable than myself, I'll rely on his prognosis. If you are at all interested in learning about human impact upon the earth and its creatures, you will not be disappointed.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is fiction based on fact but that does not stop us from denying that this book definately explains why humans are so detrimental to the environment. It makes the reader ponder if leaving their lights on or water running still has no impact on anyone but their bills. All doubters about the climate concern must read this book but the facts are undenyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
YES! Hey, I have no scientific or academic credentials, and this is not at ALL the kind of thing I'd normally read. But the concept intrigued me and I have to say, I'm VERY glad I bought it. The book never bored me and it never floored me. It was, indeed, an interesting read. Mr. Weisman entertains and educates but never intimidates.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read other environmental books, but this has to be the most interesting book I have ever read. It describes the scenario of a world without humans, as the title says! And honestly, I do believe that a world without humans would be an interesting sight and a very beautiful scene. You must buy this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has a few sections that drag, but overall is facinating. It is amazning to think of how quickly our very exsistence could be erased by the natural order we currently dominate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 68 year old investment advisor with no background in earth sciences etc. I enjoy reading and usually gravitate to popular genre of novels writen for the non-literary masses. This is the most fascinating book I have ever read. Probably the most mind-opening reading experience of my life. It was essential to have computer search engines available which I used close to 100 times. I cannot recommend this book too highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr Weisman has searched the world and interviewed many practicing specialists to project what would go or stay if homo sapiens suddenly disappeared. He has covered man's artifacts as well as flora and fauna. Despite a convoluted style similar to Stephen Jay Gould's,the book is suspenseful and even hilarious (his comments on housecats, are classic). A must read for those who keep up with science or sci-fi writers looking for material.