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"Prodigious and impressive.""--The New York Times
""I don't think I've read a better nonfiction book this year.""--"Lev Grossman, "Time" Book Critic
"In his provocative new book, "The World Without Us, "Alan Weisman adds a dash of fiction to his science to address a despairing problem: the planet's health.""--U.S. News & World Report
""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 National Book Award finalist "Salvation on Sand Mountain
""One of the most ambitious 'thought experiments' ever.""--The Cincinnati Enquirer
""Alan Weisman 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, author of "Arctic Dreams
""Fascinating, mordant, deeply intelligent, and beautifully written, "The World Without Us "depicts the spectacle of humanity's impact on the planet Earth in tragically poignant terms that go far beyond the dry dictates of science. This is a very important book for a species playing games with its own destiny.""--"James Howard Kunstler, author of "The Long Emergency
""Weisman's enthralling tour of the world of tomorrow explores what little will remain of ancient times while anticipating, often poetically, what a planet without us would be like."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred)
"The imaginative power of "The World Without Us" is compulsive and nearly hypnotic--make sure you havetime 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 "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize-winning "The Whale and the Supercomputer
""Weisman is a thoroughly engaging and clarion writer fueled by curiosity and determined to cast light rather than spread despair. His superbly well-researched and skillfully crafted stop-you-in-your-tracks report stresses the underappreciated fact that humankind's actions create a ripple effect across the web of life."--"Booklist" (starred)

"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" and "Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
""Brilliantly creative . . . An audacious intellectual adventure . . . His thought experiment is so intellectually fascinating, so oddly playful, that it escapes categorizing and cliches. . . . It sucks us in with a vision of what is, what has been, and what is yet to come. . . . It's a trumpet call that sounds from the other end of the universe and from inside us all."--"Salon
""An astonishing mass of reportage that envisions a world suddenly bereft of humans."--"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
""A fascinating nonfiction eco-thriller . . . Weisman's gripping fantasy will make most readers hope that at least some of us can stick around long enough to see how it all turns out."--"The New York Times Book Review
""Alan Weisman has produced, if not a Bible, at least a Book of Revelation."--"Newsweek
""The book boasts an amazingly imaginative conceit that manages to tap into underlying fears and subtly inspire us to consider our interaction with the planet."--"The Washington Post
""Extraordinarily farsighted . . . Beautiful and passionate."--"The Boston Globe
""Grandly entertaining."--"Time
"""The World Without Us" gradually reveals itself to be one of the most satisfying environmental books of recent memory, one devoid of self-righteousness, alarmism, or tiresome doomsaying."--"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
""A refreshing, and oddly hopeful, look at the fate of the environment."--"BusinessWeek
""This book is the very DNA of hope."--"The Globe and Mail" (Toronto)

"Prodigious and impressive.""--The New York Times
""I don't think I've read a better nonfiction book this year.""--"Lev Grossman, "Time" Book Critic
"In his provocative new book, "The World Without Us, "Alan Weisman

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 and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future"

Brilliantly creative . . . An audacious intellectual adventure . . . His thought experiment is so intellectually fascinating, so oddly playful, that it escapes categorizing and cliches. . . . It sucks us in with a vision of what is, what has been, and what is yet to come. . . . It's a trumpet call that sounds from the other end of the universe and from inside us all. "Salon"

An astonishing mass of reportage that envisions a world suddenly bereft of humans. "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"

A fascinating nonfiction eco-thriller . . . Weisman's gripping fantasy will make most readers hope that at least some of us can stick around long enough to see how it all turns out. "The New York Times Book Review"

Alan Weisman has produced, if not a Bible, at least a Book of Revelation. "Newsweek"

The book boasts an amazingly imaginative conceit that manages to tap into underlying fears and subtly inspire us to consider our interaction with the planet. "The Washington Post"

Extraordinarily farsighted . . . Beautiful and passionate. "The Boston Globe"

Grandly entertaining. "Time"

"The World Without Us" gradually reveals itself to be one of the most satisfying environmental books of recent memory, one devoid of self-righteousness, alarmism, or tiresome doomsaying. "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"

A refreshing, and oddly hopeful, look at the fate of the environment. "BusinessWeek"

This book is the very DNA of hope. "The Globe and Mail (Toronto)"

Prodigious and impressive. "The New York Times"

I don't think I've read a better nonfiction book this year. "Lev Grossman, Time Book Critic"

In his provocative new book, "The World Without Us, "Alan Weisman adds a dash of fiction to his science to address a despairing problem: the planet's health. "U.S. News & World Report"

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 National Book Award finalist Salvation on Sand Mountain"

One of the most ambitious 'thought experiments' ever. "The Cincinnati Enquirer"

Alan Weisman 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, author of Arctic Dreams"

Fascinating, mordant, deeply intelligent, and beautifully written, "The World Without Us "depicts the spectacle of humanity's impact on the planet Earth in tragically poignant terms that go far beyond the dry dictates of science. This is a very important book for a species playing games with its own destiny. "James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency"

Weisman's enthralling tour of the world of tomorrow explores what little will remain of ancient times while anticipating, often poetically, what a planet without us would be like. "Publishers Weekly (starred)"

The imaginative power of "The World Without Us" 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 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winning The Whale and the Supercomputer"

Weisman is a thoroughly engaging and clarion writer fueled by curiosity and determined to cast light rather than spread despair. His superbly well-researched and skillfully crafted stop-you-in-your-tracks report stresses the underappreciated fact that humankind's actions create a ripple effect across the web of life. "Booklist (starred)""

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 and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future

Brilliantly creative . . . An audacious intellectual adventure . . . His thought experiment is so intellectually fascinating, so oddly playful, that it escapes categorizing and cliches. . . . It sucks us in with a vision of what is, what has been, and what is yet to come. . . . It's a trumpet call that sounds from the other end of the universe and from inside us all. Salon

An astonishing mass of reportage that envisions a world suddenly bereft of humans. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A fascinating nonfiction eco-thriller . . . Weisman's gripping fantasy will make most readers hope that at least some of us can stick around long enough to see how it all turns out. The New York Times Book Review

Alan Weisman has produced, if not a Bible, at least a Book of Revelation. Newsweek

The book boasts an amazingly imaginative conceit that manages to tap into underlying fears and subtly inspire us to consider our interaction with the planet. The Washington Post

Extraordinarily farsighted . . . Beautiful and passionate. The Boston Globe

Grandly entertaining. Time

The World Without Us gradually reveals itself to be one of the most satisfying environmental books of recent memory, one devoid of self-righteousness, alarmism, or tiresome doomsaying. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A refreshing, and oddly hopeful, look at the fate of the environment. BusinessWeek

This book is the very DNA of hope. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Prodigious and impressive. The New York Times

I don't think I've read a better nonfiction book this year. Lev Grossman, Time Book Critic

In his provocative new book, The World Without Us, Alan Weisman adds a dash of fiction to his science to address a despairing problem: the planet's health. U.S. News & World Report

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 National Book Award finalist Salvation on Sand Mountain

One of the most ambitious 'thought experiments' ever. The Cincinnati Enquirer

Alan Weisman 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, author of Arctic Dreams

Fascinating, mordant, deeply intelligent, and beautifully written, The World Without Us depicts the spectacle of humanity's impact on the planet Earth in tragically poignant terms that go far beyond the dry dictates of science. This is a very important book for a species playing games with its own destiny. James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency

Weisman's enthralling tour of the world of tomorrow explores what little will remain of ancient times while anticipating, often poetically, what a planet without us would be like. Publishers Weekly (starred)

The imaginative power of The World Without Us 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 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winning The Whale and the Supercomputer

Weisman is a thoroughly engaging and clarion writer fueled by curiosity and determined to cast light rather than spread despair. His superbly well-researched and skillfully crafted stop-you-in-your-tracks report stresses the underappreciated fact that humankind's actions create a ripple effect across the web of life. Booklist (starred)

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"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 and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future

"Brilliantly creative . . . An audacious intellectual adventure . . . His thought experiment is so intellectually fascinating, so oddly playful, that it escapes categorizing and cliches. . . . It sucks us in with a vision of what is, what has been, and what is yet to come. . . . It's a trumpet call that sounds from the other end of the universe and from inside us all." --Salon

"An astonishing mass of reportage that envisions a world suddenly bereft of humans." --The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"A fascinating nonfiction eco-thriller . . . Weisman's gripping fantasy will make most readers hope that at least some of us can stick around long enough to see how it all turns out." --The New York Times Book Review

"Alan Weisman has produced, if not a Bible, at least a Book of Revelation." --Newsweek

"The book boasts an amazingly imaginative conceit that manages to tap into underlying fears and subtly inspire us to consider our interaction with the planet." --The Washington Post

"Extraordinarily farsighted . . . Beautiful and passionate." --The Boston Globe

"Grandly entertaining." --Time

"The World Without Us gradually reveals itself to be one of the most satisfying environmental books of recent memory, one devoid of self-righteousness, alarmism, or tiresome doomsaying." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"A refreshing, and oddly hopeful, look at the fate of the environment." --BusinessWeek

"This book is the very DNA of hope." --The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"Prodigious and impressive." --The New York Times

"I don't think I've read a better nonfiction book this year." --Lev Grossman, Time Book Critic

"In his provocative new book, The World Without Us, Alan Weisman adds a dash of fiction to his science to address a despairing problem: the planet's health." --U.S. News & World Report

"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 National Book Award finalist Salvation on Sand Mountain

"One of the most ambitious 'thought experiments' ever." --The Cincinnati Enquirer

"Alan Weisman 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, author of Arctic Dreams

"Fascinating, mordant, deeply intelligent, and beautifully written, The World Without Us depicts the spectacle of humanity's impact on the planet Earth in tragically poignant terms that go far beyond the dry dictates of science. This is a very important book for a species playing games with its own destiny." --James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency

"Weisman's enthralling tour of the world of tomorrow explores what little will remain of ancient times while anticipating, often poetically, what a planet without us would be like." --Publishers Weekly (starred)

"The imaginative power of The World Without Us 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 Los Angeles Times Book Prize-winning The Whale and the Supercomputer

"Weisman is a thoroughly engaging and clarion writer fueled by curiosity and determined to cast light rather than spread despair. His superbly well-researched and skillfully crafted stop-you-in-your-tracks report stresses the underappreciated fact that humankind's actions create a ripple effect across the web of life." --Booklist (starred)

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A FASCINATING - AND TERRIFYING - GLIMPSE OF WHAT THE WORLD WOULD BE LIKE IF HUMANS DISAPPEARED TODAY -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.

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Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT am 24. September 2007
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The World Without Us raises a novel question (What if there were no people left?) that leads to some surprising answers: The best of what we've done wouldn't survive while most of the worst of our work will. The book also serves as an environmental and social critique of human attitudes and behavior.

Mr. Weisman looked across the globe for places where humans have left to see practical examples of what remains. Newer houses and modern buildings soon collapse, leaving behind only the metal and plastic as mementos. Buildings made of stone will, however, last a long time. Manhattan's surface will sink as water floods subway tunnels while filled-in swamps are refilled. Large predators will grow in numbers while pests that depend on us and our garbage like head lice and rats will do poorly. Domestic animals and plants will soon be wiped out. Nuclear plants will soon be spewing radioactive vapor into the atmosphere while leaving behind in-ground radioactivity for tens of thousands of years. The Panama Canal will soon cease to be a barrier to animal migrations between North and South America. Huge forests will reappear.

I don't want to share too many of the answers (or you won't want to read the book), but there are some pretty powerful ironies about what the most lasting aspects of human existence will be. It's worth reading the book just to find that out.

In the process, you'll learn a lot about the mass extinction that is occurring among species that are vulnerable to human influences.

If we look at what the Earth would be like without us, I suspect we'll all change how we behave every day. It's a cautionary lesson that all should heed.

I liked the way the book was organized.
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Dieses Buch zählt zum Besten was ich je gelesen habe.
Was wäre, wenn der Mensch von einem Moment auf den anderen von diesem Planeten verschwinden würde?
Wie schnell holt sich die Natur die Städte zurück? Wann stürzen Bauwerke ein? Was passiert mit Raffinerien oder Kernkraftwerken ohne Wartung??
Diese und viele andere Szenarien werden analysiert und oft anhand von tatsächlich stattgefundenen Ereignissen erläutert!
Ein interessanter Ausflug zu spannenden Plätzen auf dem Planet Erde und überraschende Erkenntnisse: einige Vermächtnisse der Menschheit die laaaange bleiben würden und vieles was binnen kurzem die Natur korrigiert...
....nur dass die oft als beständig geglaubten Dinge rasch verschwinden würden und Kleinigkeiten des Alltags sich als Ballast für Jahrhunderte erweist.

Aufgrund der Nüchternheit der Beschreibung ein Plädoyer für unseren Planeten...dieses Buch wird Ihr Verhalten beeinflussen!
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Having read the article ,An Earth without People' about Mr. Weisman's
book in the July 07 issue of Scientific American I got curious. The
book turned out to be the most enthralling read I had that year. Its
core is a far-reaching thought experiment. The author poses the
question: `What if all human beings vanished from the surface of the
planet?' This premise is the starting point of all other questions
raised. What would be left of us and for how long? How long would
Nature need to wipe out all traces left?

This is a highly fascinating way of looking at our human achievements,
which have changed the Earth's surface more drastically than ever
before in the history of Life. Many of our most imposing artefacts and
most of our infrastructures, that seem so indestructible to us, turn
out to be fairly fragile structures which couldn't withstand the
everlasting forces of nature for long, once all humans were gone.
Others of our latest and most formidable inventions, many of which did
not come into being until after World War II have a longevity that is
almost unpredictable. Indeed it becomes, more than once, all too
obvious what havoc we have already wreaked on Earth.

The author approaches his project from many different perspectives.
He has interviewed engineers and maintenance staff in New York City
about what it takes to hold off Nature,he has travelled throughout
the world (Belorussia, Turkey, Korea, Kenya, Cyprus) talking to
natives and experts, looking for places that have already been
abandoned by humans, for he realized quickly, to understand a
post-human world, he had to learn what the world was like before
humans ever evolved. The results are most illuminating.

Nothing lasts forever and one can hardly withstand the impression that
our species' mere presence on the planet is nothing but a temporal
abnormality.
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At this point, I read about half the book, and I like it very much. Besides intriguing speculations about the future, there is more text on interesting facts from present time, like big Pacific garbage patch, underground city in Turkey, "shaky" concrete buildings in Istanbul, last temperate old forest in Poland/Belarus, ruined city on Cyprus, etc.

Although each chapter contributes to the whole story, it is also a rounded unit in itself, so you can take longer breaks between chapters. It is important, because this is not a book you can read "in one breath", like for example Lord of the Rings book 3 (first part of "The Two Towers", war between Isengard and Rohan).

Conclusion: if you like science and fantasy, this book is a killer!
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