Kyle Anderson
February 27, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Sixth Extinction

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Elizabeth Kolbert
publisher
Henry Holt and Company
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B

As New Yorker scribe Kolbert drives home repeatedly, there have been five great waves of extinction in the history of Earth, and we appear to be in the midst of another. Part forensic exploration, part travelogue, The Sixth Extinction tracks the various ways distressing numbers of plant and animal species are vanishing. Kolbert’s fastidious reporting keeps Extinction from being alarmist, though it also sometimes blunts the terrifying trends — climate change, coastal erosion — that could spell the end of humanity. B

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