Book List: The World Without Us

by Lindsay Shapka in


In honor of Earth Month, this week’s featured book is The World Without Us by award winning journalist Alan Weisman. 

The content of this fascinating book revolves around a simple question:

What would happen to the planet if human beings just disappeared?

What would happen to the land, the cities, the ocean, the climate, our garbage, our art? How long — if ever — would it take for all human traces to disappear? 

Weisman’s does a great job of approaching these questions from all angles and taking readers through his journey of discovery and research.  I know that the word ‘research’ can often mean boring, but this book is anything but boring. The New York Times Book Review called it “A fascinating eco-thriller…” and I couldn’t put it down — or stop talking about it with my friends and family. 

For more information on the book and Alan Weisman click here