The World Without Us By Alan Weisman

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Out of the possible books from the list offered to us, “The World Without Us” by Alan Weisman caught my attention by its title. I thought that a title like this would suggest a very fascinating premise, which turned out to be the case with this book. The premise was intriguing – what would the world look like if every single person living on this Earth would suddenly disappear. Being a person, who is always curious about the things to come, I decided that this book would be a great read not only for the sake of doing the book review assignment, but also for the general knowledge that I would receive. I have never read a book that would talk about the history of humanity, our environment, and what effect our presence on our planet has in regards to future consequences. Because of that, I did not have many expectations on the type of information and material offered in Weisman’s book; but I really wanted to learn what kind of a perspective or perspectives Mr. Weisman would take, when approaching a topic so complex as this.
Before I began reading, I decided to learn about who Alan Weisman was, in order to establish his credibility. I would expect that a topic such as the future of our planet should be explored by a scientist. However, turns out that Mr. Weisman is a journalist, with degrees in literature and journalism. That caused me to question, how a man without any scientific background could give his readers reliable information, and not just some educated guesses or…

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