Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Pattern. Science writing for general readers can be a real challenge. How well does an author remain true to the science presented and also present information that engages non-scientific readers? Elizabeth Kolbert meets that challenge in her book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. She reviews prior mass extinctions of species and assembles the pattern of the sixth: the way man is changing the biosphere. She places events in the broader context of life’s history. Kolbert draws on the work of biologists, botanists, geologists and others to help all readers understand what we are doing to our world. This is a finely written book about a difficult subject and any general reader will come away from it with increased knowledge and a deeper concern about our future. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Sixth Extinction from

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