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The World Without Us

The World Without Us

Alan Weisman; Read by Adam Grupper

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07/10/2007

ISBN: 9781427201492

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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.

ALA Notable Books - Winner, iTunes Best Audiobooks, AudioFile Best Audiobooks, Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards: Best in Category

Reviews

Praise for The World Without Us

“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

About the author

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.

Adam Grupper has narrated audiobooks for bestselling authors such as Michael Connelly, Stephen King, Jeffrey Deaver, and Tom Clancy. He's read several AudioFile Earphones Award-winning titles, including Alan Weisman's The World Without Us, published by Macmillan Audio, which won AudioFile Best Audiobook of 2007.

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