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Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Back Bay Books
Publication date May 6, 2014
Pages 512
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780316097741
ISBN-10 0316097748
Dimensions 1.75 by 5.50 by 8.50 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $18.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A powerful investigation into the chances for humanity's future from the author of the bestseller The World Without Us.

In his bestselling book The World Without Us, Alan Weisman considered how the Earth could heal and even refill empty niches if relieved of humanity's constant pressures. Behind that groundbreaking thought experiment was his hope that we would be inspired to find a way to add humans back to this vision of a restored, healthy planet-only in harmony, not mortal combat, with the rest of nature.

But with a million more of us every 4 1/2 days on a planet that's not getting any bigger, and with our exhaust overheating the atmosphere and altering the chemistry of the oceans, prospects for a sustainable human future seem ever more in doubt. For this long awaited follow-up book, Weisman traveled to more than 20 countries to ask what experts agreed were probably the most important questions on Earth--and also the hardest: How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? How robust must the Earth's ecosystem be to assure our continued existence? Can we know which other species are essential to our survival? And, how might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population, and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth?

Weisman visits an extraordinary range of the world's cultures, religions, nationalities, tribes, and political systems to learn what in their beliefs, histories, liturgies, or current circumstances might suggest that sometimes it's in their own best interest to limit their growth. The result is a landmark work of reporting: devastating, urgent, and, ultimately, deeply hopeful.

By vividly detailing the burgeoning effects of our cumulative presence, Countdown reveals what may be the fastest, most acceptable, practical, and affordable way of returning our planet and our presence on it to balance. Weisman again shows that he is one of the most provocative journalists at work today, with a book whose message is so compelling that it will change how we see our lives and our destiny.

Editions
Hardcover
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from Little Brown & Co (September 24, 2013)
9780316097758 | details & prices | 513 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.74 lbs | List price $28.00
About: A powerful investigation into the chances for humanity's future from the author of the bestseller The World Without Us.
Large print edition from Little Brown & Co (September 24, 2013)
9780316239813 | details & prices | 783 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 2.00 in. | 2.35 lbs | List price $30.00
About: A powerful investigation into the chances for humanity's future from the author of the bestseller The World Without Us.
Paperback
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The price comparison is for this edition
from Back Bay Books (May 6, 2014)
9780316097741 | details & prices | 512 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.75 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $18.00
About: A powerful investigation into the chances for humanity's future from the author of the bestseller The World Without Us.
from Hachette Book Group USA (September 24, 2013)
9780316277433 | details & prices | 513 pages | 6.75 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.26 lbs | List price $16.00
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781478924548
 
With Adam Grupper (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Hachette Audio (October 22, 2013)
9781478924548 | details & prices | 5.25 × 5.75 × 1.50 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $30.00
About: A powerful investigation into the chances for humanity's future from the author of the bestseller The World Without Us.

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