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The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming
by David Wallace-Wells

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

February 19, 2019

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<b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER 鈥?鈥?lt;i>The Uninhabitable Earth</i>聽hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon.鈥濃€擜ndrew Solomon, author of聽<i>The Noonday Demon</i></b><br /><br />It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible鈥攆ood shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation.<br /><br /> An 鈥渆poch-defining book鈥?(<i>The</i> <i>Guardian</i>) and 鈥渢his generation鈥檚 <i>Silent Spring</i>鈥?(<i>The Washington Post</i>), <i>The Uninhabitable Earth</i>聽is both a travelogue of the near future and a meditation on how that future will look to those living through it鈥攖he ways that warming promises to transform global politics, the meaning of technology and nature in the modern world, the sustainability of capitalism and the trajectory of human progress.<br /><br /> <i>The Uninhabitable Earth</i> is also an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation鈥攖oday鈥檚.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>The Uninhabitable Earth</i></b><br /><br /><i>鈥淭he Uninhabitable Earth</i>聽is the most terrifying book I have ever read. Its subject is climate change, and its method is scientific, but its mode is Old Testament. The book is a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet.鈥?lt;b>鈥擣arhad Manjoo,聽<i>The New York Times</i></b><i><b><br /></b></i><br />鈥淩iveting. . . .聽Some readers will find Mr. Wallace-Wells鈥檚 outline of possible futures alarmist. He is indeed alarmed. You should be, too.鈥?lt;b>鈥擳he Economist</b><br /><br />鈥淧otent and evocative. . . . Wallace-Wells has resolved to offer something other than the standard narrative of climate change. . . . He avoids the 鈥榚erily banal language of climatology鈥?in favor of lush, rolling prose.鈥?lt;b>鈥擩ennifer Szalai,聽<i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br />鈥淭he book has potential to be this generation鈥檚聽<i>Silent Spring</i>.鈥?lt;i><b>鈥擳he Washington Post</b></i><br /><br />鈥?lt;i>The Uninhabitable Earth,</i>聽which has become a best seller, taps into the underlying emotion of the day: fear. . . . I encourage people to read this book.鈥?lt;b>鈥擜lan Weisman,聽<i>The New York Review of Books</i></b>
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the G...
by Timothy Egan

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

September 01, 2006

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<p><b>In a tour de force of historical reportage, Timothy Egan鈥檚 National Book Award鈥搘inning story rescues an iconic chapter of American history from the shadows.</b></p><p>The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Timothy Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Brilliantly capturing the terrifying drama of catastrophe, he does equal justice to the human characters who become his heroes, 鈥渢he stoic, long-suffering men and women whose lives he opens up with urgency and respect鈥?(<i>New York Times</i>). In an era that promises ever-greater natural disasters, The Worst Hard Time is 鈥渁rguably the best nonfiction book yet鈥?(<i>Austin Statesman Journal</i>) on the greatest environmental disaster ever to be visited upon our land and a powerful reminder about the dangers of trifling with nature.</p><p>This e-book includes a sample chapter of THE IMMORTAL IRISHMAN.</p>
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

February 11, 2014

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<p><b>ONE OF THE <i>NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S</i> 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR</b></p><p><b>A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes</b> <br />Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In <i>The Sixth Extinction</i>, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and <i>New Yorker</i> writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.</p>
The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier
by Ian Urbina

Language

English

Pages

513

Publication Date

August 20, 2019

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<b>"<b>A riveting, terrifying, thrilling story of a netherworld that few people know about, and fewer will ever see.... The soul of this book is as wild as the ocean itself."</b><br /><b>--Susan Casey, best-selling author of </b><b><i>The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean</i></b><br /><br /><br /><b>A riveting, adrenaline-fueled tour of a vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen: the high seas.</b></b><br /><br />There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world's oceans: too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation.<br /><br />Traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, wreck thieves and repo men, vigilante conservationists and elusive poachers, seabound abortion providers, clandestine oil-dumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways -- drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, often hundreds of miles from shore, Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world. Through their stories of astonishing courage and brutality, survival and tragedy, he uncovers a globe-spanning network of crime and exploitation that emanates from the fishing, oil and shipping industries, and on which the world's economies rely. <br /><br />Both a gripping adventure story and a stunning expos茅, this unique work of reportage brings fully into view for the first time the disturbing reality of a floating world that connects us all, a place where anyone can do anything because no one is watching.
The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator
by Timothy C. Winegard

Language

English

Pages

496

Publication Date

August 06, 2019

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<b>**The instant <i>New York Times</i> bestseller**<br />*An international bestseller*<br /><br />鈥淗ugely impressive, a major work.鈥濃€?lt;i>NPR<br /></i><br />A pioneering and groundbreaking work of narrative nonfiction that offers a dramatic new perspective on the history of humankind, showing how through millennia, the mosquito has been the single most powerful force in determining humanity鈥檚 fate.</b><br /> 聽<br /> Why was gin and tonic the cocktail of choice for British colonists in India and Africa? What does Starbucks have to thank for its global domination? What has protected the lives of popes for millennia?聽Why did Scotland surrender its sovereignty to England? What was George Washington's secret weapon during the American Revolution? <br /><br /> The answer to all these questions, and many more, is the mosquito.<br /> 聽<br /> Across our planet since the dawn of humankind, this nefarious pest, roughly the size and weight of a grape seed, has been at the frontlines of history as the grim reaper, the harvester of human populations, and the ultimate agent of historical change. As the mosquito transformed the landscapes of civilization, humans were unwittingly required to respond to its piercing impact and universal projection of power.<br /> 聽<br /> The mosquito has determined the fates of empires and nations, razed and crippled economies, and decided the outcome of pivotal wars, killing nearly half of humanity along the way. She (only females bite) has dispatched an estimated 52 billion people from a total of 108 billion throughout our relatively brief existence.聽As the greatest purveyor of extermination we have ever known, she has played a greater role in shaping our human story than any other living thing with which we share our global village.<br /> 聽<br /> Imagine for a moment a world without deadly mosquitoes, or any mosquitoes, for that matter? Our history and the world we know, or think we know, would be completely unrecognizable.<br /> 聽<br /> Driven by surprising insights and fast-paced storytelling, <i>The Mosquito</i>聽is the extraordinary untold story of the mosquito鈥檚 reign through human history and her indelible impact on our modern world order.
The Children's Blizzard
by David Laskin

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English

Pages

332

Publication Date

October 13, 2009

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<p>鈥淒avid Laskin deploys historical fact of the finest grain to tell the story of a monstrous blizzard that caught the settlers of the Great Plains utterly by surprise. Using the storm as a lens, Laskin captures the brutal, heartbreaking folly of this chapter in America鈥檚 history, and along the way delves into the freakish physics of extreme cold. This is a book best read with a fire roaring in the hearth and a blanket and box of tissues near at hand.鈥澛?鈥斅燛rik Larson, author of <em>The Devil in the White City</em></p><p>Thousands of impoverished Northern European immigrants were promised that the prairie offered "land, freedom, and hope." The disastrous blizzard of 1888 revealed that their free homestead was not a paradise but a hard, unforgiving place governed by natural forces they neither understood nor controlled, and America鈥檚 heartland would never be the same.</p><p>This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.</p>
Lab Girl
by Hope Jahren

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English

Pages

306

Publication Date

April 05, 2016

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<b>National Bestseller<br /><br />鈥淎 beautifully written memoir about the life of a woman in science, a brilliant friendship, and the profundity of trees. Terrific.鈥濃€擝arack Obama<br /><br /><b>聽<b><b>Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography</b><br /><br />A聽<i>New York Times</i>聽Notable Book</b></b><br /><br /></b>Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil.<i> Lab Girl </i>is her revelatory treatise on plant life鈥攂ut it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. In these pages, Hope takes us back to her Minnesota childhood, where she spent hours in unfettered play in her father鈥檚 college laboratory. She tells us how she found a sanctuary in science, learning to perform lab work 鈥渨ith both the heart and the hands.鈥?She introduces us to Bill, her brilliant, eccentric lab manager. And she extends the mantle of <i>scientist </i>to each one of her readers, inviting us to join her in observing and protecting our environment. Warm, luminous, compulsively readable, <i>Lab Girl</i>聽vividly demonstrates the mountains that we can move when love and work come together.聽<br /><b><b><br />聽<br />Winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru聽<i>Science Books & Film</i>聽Prize for Excellence in Science Books聽<br /><br />Finalist for the聽<b>PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award</b>聽<br /><br />One of the Best Books of the Year:聽<i>The Washington Post</i>, TIME.com, NPR,聽<i>Slate</i>,聽<i>Entertainment Weekly</i>,聽<i>Newsday</i>,聽<i>Minneapolis Star Tribune, Kirkus Reviews</i></b></b>
Salt: A World History
by Mark Kurlansky

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English

Pages

494

Publication Date

January 28, 2003

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<p><b>An unlikely world history from the bestselling author of <i>Cod </i> and <i>The Basque History of the World<br /><br /></i></b>In his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions.聽 Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, <b><i>Salt</i>聽</b>is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.</p>
A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition
by Bill Bryson

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English

Pages

692

Publication Date

November 30, 2010

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<b>This new edition of the acclaimed bestseller is lavishly illustrated to convey, in pictures as in words, Bill Bryson鈥檚 exciting, informative journey into the world of science.</b><i><br /></i><br />In <i>A Short History of Nearly Everything</i>, the bestselling author聽of <i>A Walk in the Woods </i>and<i> The Body,</i>聽confronts his greatest challenge yet: to understand鈥攁nd, if possible, answer鈥攖he oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as his territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being <i>us</i>. The result is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it.<br /><br />Now, in this handsome new edition, Bill Bryson鈥檚 words are supplemented by full-color artwork that explains in visual terms the concepts and wonder of science, at the same time giving face to the major players in the world of scientific study. Eloquently and entertainingly described, as well as richly illustrated, science has never been more involving or entertaining.
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in Hist...
by Erik Larson

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English

Pages

338

Publication Date

October 19, 2011

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At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city of Galveston, Texas, where he was based, was to him preposterous, "an absurd delusion." It was 1900, a year when America felt bigger and stronger than ever before. Nothing in nature could hobble the gleaming city of Galveston, then a magical place that seemed destined to become the New York of the Gulf.<br /><br />That August, a strange, prolonged heat wave gripped the nation and killed scores of people in New York and Chicago. Odd things seemed to happen everywhere: A plague of crickets engulfed Waco. The Bering Glacier began to shrink. Rain fell on Galveston with greater intensity than anyone could remember. Far away, in Africa, immense thunderstorms blossomed over the city of Dakar, and great currents of wind converged. A wave of atmospheric turbulence slipped from the coast of western Africa. Most such waves faded quickly. This one did not.<br /><br />In Cuba, America's overconfidence was made all too obvious by the Weather Bureau's obsession with controlling hurricane forecasts, even though Cuba's indigenous weathermen had pioneered hurricane science. As the bureau's forecasters assured the nation that all was calm in the Caribbean, Cuba's own weathermen fretted about ominous signs in the sky. A curious stillness gripped Antigua. Only a few unlucky sea captains discovered that the storm had achieved an intensity no man alive had ever experienced.<br /><br />In Galveston, reassured by Cline's belief that no hurricane could seriously damage the city, there was celebration. Children played in the rising water. Hundreds of people gathered at the beach to marvel at the fantastically tall waves and gorgeous pink sky, until the surf began ripping the city's beloved beachfront apart. Within the next few hours Galveston would endure a hurricane that to this day remains the nation's deadliest natural disaster. In Galveston alone at least 6,000 people, possibly as many as 10,000, would lose their lives, a number far greater than the combined death toll of the Johnstown Flood and 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.<br /><br />And Isaac Cline would experience his own unbearable loss.<br /><br />Meticulously researched and vividly written, <b>Isaac's Storm</b> is based on Cline's own letters, telegrams, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the hows and whys of great storms. Ultimately, however, it is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets nature's last great uncontrollable force. As such, <b>Isaac's Storm</b> carries a warning for our time.

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