January 26, 2018

#BookReview: The Sixth Extinction by @ElizKolbert

About the Book: Over the last half-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 prose that is at once frank, entertaining, and deeply informed, The New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before. Interweaving research in half a dozen disciplines, descriptions of the fascinating species that have already been lost, and the history of extinction as a concept, Kolbert provides a moving and comprehensive account of the disappearances occurring before our very eyes. She shows that the sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

Reviewed By: Caity G.
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Recommended Age: Adults, older teens
Genre: Non-Fiction
How I Acquired this book: Library
Overall rating: ★★★★★
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About the Author: Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change and The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: I spent an INSANE amount of time wanting to kill all humans as a result of what I read about the mass havoc caused by humans in general. We suck.

Check out author's other books? Absolutely.
Recommend this book? It's one of the most important books I've EVER read.

Notes and Opinions: Please go read this.

The way Elizabeth Kolbert writes about not only the history of extinction across millions of years in geologic history but also about the modern day issues linked to climate change, carbon emissions, ocean acidification, and everything else and how it links to extinctions going on in the world now is amazing. It's so easy to read and understand everything she says because when she goes into the science, she does so in laymen's terms.

It is so important to read this book and to educate yourself on what everything means and what is going on in the world around us.

Go Into This One Knowing: You will have to think and you may cry

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