World without Us, The

by Alan Weisman | History |
ISBN: 9780753512395 Global Overview for this book
Registered by seldombites of Bridgewater, South Australia Australia on 7/3/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by seldombites from Bridgewater, South Australia Australia on Thursday, July 03, 2008

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'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.'

How would the world change if human beings vanished from the earth right now, for good? What would the planet be like in a day, a week, a month...a millennium? Would its climate ever recover from the effects of human activity? And what about our cities, buildings and great works of art? Will we have left any enduring mark on the universe; any sign that we were once here?

To discover the answers, Alan Weisman looks to areas of the world that are currently unoccupied and speaks to experts in fields ranging from nuclear physics to archaeology. He reveals how the natural world would respond to our disappearance, and uncovers just how long our greatest acievements and our biggest mistakes would last after we are gone. In doing so he wrestles with some of the key concerns of our time and offers an intriguing glimpse of what the real legacy of our time on the planet may be.


This is a paperback version published in 2007. This edition has 287 pages.

Journal Entry 2 by seldombites from Bridgewater, South Australia Australia on Monday, February 09, 2009
The World Without Us gives a bleak look at the future of the planet, but I would not recommend it unless you are extremely interested in the minutiae of the topic. This book started out entertaining and unique, making the first half difficult to put down. Unfortunately, it quickly became very repetitive and boring, and I was unable to get much past halfway. There are some interesting facts in here that are not well publicised and need to be said, but this book could have been halved without deleting any of the relevant content. Good concept, but way too long.

Journal Entry 3 by seldombites at Toowoomba, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Released 12 yrs ago (2/17/2009 UTC) at Toowoomba, Queensland Australia



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Journal Entry 4 by RockDg9 from Toowoomba, Queensland Australia on Friday, February 20, 2009
Caught! Thanks. :)

Journal Entry 5 by RockDg9 at Toowoomba, Queensland Australia on Thursday, December 23, 2010
I found this to be a very interesting book. The author predicts what would happen in the future by taking a look at what happened in the past, so you get some history as well as science. I like information and this book sure had a lot of it. I learned many new things. :)

Journal Entry 6 by RockDg9 at Westridge Shopping Centre, West Street in Toowoomba, Queensland Australia on Friday, September 09, 2011

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