The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (Paperback)Elizabeth Kolbert (author)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 273 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
I tore through Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction with a mix of awe and terror. Her long view of extinction excited my joy in life's diversity - even as she made me aware how many species are currently at risk * Dava Sobel, author of Longitude and A More Perfect Heaven *
Elizabeth Kolbert writes with an aching beauty of the impact of our species on all the other forms of life known in this cold universe. The perspective is at once awe-inspiring, humbling and deeply necessary * T.C. Boyle *
Well-composed snapshots of history, theory and observation that will fascinate, enlighten and appal many readers * Guardian *
Compelling ... It is a disquieting tale, related with rigour and restraint by Kolbert * Observer *
Passionate ... This is the big story of our age. We are living through the historically rare elimination of vast numbers of species. And for the first time, it is our fault ... Uplifting prose about the wonders of nature. But the overwhelming message of this book is as clear as that of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in 1962. We humans have become a geological force in our own right - and, unless we act, the consequences will be devastating * Sunday Times *
It is oddly pleasurable to read Elizabeth's Kolbert's new book, which offers a ramble through mass extinctions, present and past ... A wonderful chapter covers the North Atlantic's once-abundant, flightless great auks ... Wisely, Ms Kolbert refuses to end on an optimistic note * Economist *
While plants and animals can evolve to cope with a hotter world, that will take far too long for humans ... That is ultimately what makes this engaging study scary * Scotland on Sunday *
The scariest paperback of the year * Guardian *
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