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    DescriptionA major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyesOver the last half a 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" The Sixth Extinction," two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and "New Yorker" writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

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    The Sixth Extinction
    An Unnatural History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Elizabeth Kolbert
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 319
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 243 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    ISBN 13: 9780805092998
    ISBN 10: 0805092994

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    LC classification: QE721.2.E97 K65 2014
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    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, black & white halftones, maps
    Henry Holt & Company
    Imprint name
    Henry Holt & Company
    Publication date
    11 February 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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." She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.
    Review quote
    "Fascinating."--"USA Today ""[An] excellent new book..."The Sixth Extinction" is the kind of book that helps us recognize the actual planet we live upon." --"New York Review of Books""Surprisingly breezy, entirely engrossing, and frequently entertaining... Kolbert is a masterful, thought-provoking reporter." --"The Boston Globe ""Thorough and fascinating . . . Kolbert is an economical and deft explainer of the technical, and about as intrepid a reporter as they come . . . Her reporting is meticulous." --"Harper's""Riveting... It is not possible to overstate the importance of Kolbert's book. Her prose is lucid, accessible and even entertaining as she reveals the dark theater playing out on our globe."--"San Francisco Chronicle ""A fascinating and frightening excursion... Kolbert presents powerful cases to bring her point home."--"The Washington Post""Your view of the world will be fundamentally changed... Kolbert is an astute observer, excellent explainer and superb synthesizer, and even manages to find humor in her subject matter." "--The Seattle Times""What's exceptional about Kolbert's writing is the combination of scientific rigor and wry humor that keeps you turning the pages." --"National Geographic ""Beautifully written. An excellent book." --Jon Stewart, "The Daily Show ""[Kolbert] makes a page-turner out of even the most sober and scientifically demanding aspects of extinction. Combining a lucid, steady, understated style with some enviable reporting adventures... she produces a book that is both serious-minded and invites exclamation points into its margins." --"New York Magazine""Powerful . . . Kolbert expertly traces the 'twisting' intellectual history of how we've come to understand the concept of extinction, and more recently, how we've come to recognize our role in it. . . An invaluable contribution to our understanding of present circumstances."--Al Gore, "The New York Times Book Review""Arresting . . . Ms. Kolbert shows in these pages that she can wr