The World Without Us

Alan Weisman; Read by Adam Grupper

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Discover the impact of the human footprint in The World Without Us. Take us off the Earth and what traces of us would linger? And which would disappear? Alan Weisman writes about which objects from today would vanish without us; how our pipes, wires, and cables would be pulverized into an unusual (but mere) line of red rock; why some museums and churches might be the last human creations standing; how rats and roaches would struggle without us; and how plastic, cast-iron, and radio waves may be our most lasting gifts to the planet.
            But The World Without Us is also about how parts of our world currently fare without a human presence (Chernobyl; a Polish old-growth forest, the Korean DMZ) and it looks at the human legacy on Earth, both fleeting and indelible. It’s narrative nonfiction at its finest, taking an irresistible concept with gravity and a highly-readable touch.
            Some examples of what would happen:
·   One year: Several more billions birds will live when airplane warning lights cease blinking.
·   Twenty years: The water-soaked steel columns that support the street above New York’s East Side would corrode and buckle. As Lexington Avenue caves in, it becomes a river.
·   100,000 years: CO2 will be back to pre-human levels (or it might take longer).
·   Forever: Our radio waves, fragmented as they may be, will still be going out.

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Chapter 1

A Lingering Scent of Eden

You may never have heard of the Bial/owiez?a Puszcza. But if you were raised somewhere in the temperate swathe that crosses much of North America, Japan, Korea, Russia, several former Soviet republics, parts of China, Turkey, and Eastern and Western Europe—including the British Isles—something within you remembers it. If instead you were born to tundra or desert, subtropics or tropics, pampas or savannas, there are still places on Earth kindred to this puszcza to stir your memory, too.

Puszcza, an old Polish word, means “forest primeval.

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Watch this amazing demonstration of what will happen to your house over the next 500 years when left to the forces of Mother Nature. Learn more about the post-human Earth in THE WORLD WITHOUT US, by Alan Weisman.

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Alan Weisman's book The World Without Us. If human beings disappeared instantaneously from the Earth, what would happen? How would the planet reclaim its surface? What creatures would emerge from the dark and swarm? How would our treasured structures--our tunnels, our bridges, our homes, our monuments--survive the unmitigated impact of a planet without our intervention?

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“Offers us a sketch of where we stand as a species that is both illuminating and terrifying. His tone is conversational and his affection for both Earth and humanity transparent.”—Barry Lopez, National Book Award-winner
 
“This is one of the grandest thought experiments of our time, a tremendous feat of imaginative reporting!”—Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
 
“An exacting account of the processes by which things fall apart. The scope is breathtaking…the clarity and lyricism of the writing itself left me with repeated gasps of recognition about the human condition. I believe it will be a classic.”—Dennis Covington, author of NBA Finalist Salvation on Sand Mountain
 
"The imaginative power of The World is Flat is compulsive and nearly hypnotic—make sure you have time to be kidnapped into Alan Weisman's alternative world before you sit down with the book, because you won't soon return. This is a text that has a chance to change people, and so make a real difference for the planet."
—Charles Wohlforth, author of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner The Whale and the Supercomputer
 
"It's narrative nonfiction at its finest, taking an irresistible concept with gravity and a highly-readable touch." – Ebooks30.com 

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Alan Weisman; Read by Adam Grupper

Alan Weisman is an award-winning journalist whose reports have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Discover, on NPR, and more. He has been a contributing editor to The Los Angeles Times Magazine and is Associate Professor in Journalism and Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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The World Without Us
Alan Weisman; Read by Adam Grupper

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Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
July 2007
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427201492
ISBN10: 1427201498
Audio Run Time: 10:00
$19.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
July 2007
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312347291
ISBN10: 0312347294
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 336 pages, Includes 16 halftones and 3 black-and-white maps throughout
$24.95

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Trade Paperback
Picador
August 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312427900
ISBN10: 0312427905
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 432 pages, Includes 18 black-and-white photographs and illustrations
$17.00

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
July 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429917216
ISBN10: 1429917210
336 pages, Includes 16 halftone pictures and 3 black-and-white maps throughout
$9.99
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