The Sixth Extinction 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… The Sixth Extinction 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… 2014-02-11 Nonfiction Henry Holt & Company
Book Review

The Sixth Extinction (2014)

THE SIXTH EXTINCTION Elizabeth Kolbert
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION Elizabeth Kolbert
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Feb 11, 2014; Writer: Elizabeth Kolbert; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

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

Originally posted Feb 19, 2014 Published in issue #1300 Feb 28, 2014 Order article reprints
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