The World Without Us

Alan Weisman

The World Without Us

Recommendation inspired by:
What would happen if every human suddenly disappeared? - Dan Kwartler

Why we love this book: 
The World Without Us takes you on a trip through earth’s history, touching everything from towering primordial forests to modern day subway tunnels. Alan Weismann brings in paleontologists and botanists alongside engineers and farmers to imagine a world in which humanity has vanished. And without human characters to anchor us, chapters are free to follow more enigmatic protagonists like invasive plants, ancient megafauna, and omnivorous microorganisms from a far-flung future. But perhaps most surprisingly of all, he manages to make a planet without us a world you feel even more deeply connected to. 

Recommended by:
Dan Kwartler, TED-Ed Team

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