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  • Published: 2 June 2008
  • ISBN: 9780753513576
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $22.99

The World Without Us

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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.”
What if mankind disappeared right now, forever … what would happen to the Earth in a week, a year, a millennium? Could the planet’s climate ever recover from human activity? How would nature destroy our huge cities and our myriad plastics? And what would our final legacy be?
Speaking to experts in fields as diverse as oil production and ecology, and visiting the places that have escaped recent human activity to discover how they have adapted to life without us, Alan Weisman paints an intriguing picture of the future of Earth. Exploring key concerns of our time, this absorbing thought experiment reveals a powerful – and surprising – picture of our planet's future. Visit worldwithoutus.com

  • Pub date: 2 June 2008
  • ISBN: 9780753513576
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Alan Weisman

Alan Weisman is an award-winning journalist whose reports have appeared in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Discover, and on NPR, among others. A former contributing editor to The Los Angeles Times Magazine, he is a senior radio producer for Homelands Productions and teaches international journalism at the University of Arizona. His essay 'Earth Without People' (Discover magazine, February 2005), on which The World Without Us expands, was selected for Best American Science Writing 2006.

Praise for The World Without Us

“Compelling ... jammed packed with fascinating "what ifs"”


“Flesh-creepingly good fun . . . Food for thought”


“A powerful vision of a possible future for the earth”

Sunday Times

“A hugely enjoyable and thought-provoking book”


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