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As Diane Ackerman writes in her brilliant new book, The Human Age, “our relationship with nature has changed…radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable.”

Ackerman is justly celebrated for her unique insight into the natural world and our place in it. In this landmark book, she confronts the unprecedented reality that one prodigiously intelligent and meddlesome creature, Homo sapiens, is now the dominant force shaping the future of planet Earth.

Humans have “subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness.” We tinker with nature at every opportunity; we garden the planet with our preferred species of plants and animals, many of them invasive; and we have even altered the climate, threatening our own extinction. Yet we reckon with our own destructive capabilities in extraordinary acts of hope-filled creativity: we collect the DNA of vanishing species in a “frozen ark,” equip orangutans with iPads, and create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. With her distinctive gift for making scientific discovery intelligible to the layperson, Ackerman takes us on an exhilarating journey through our new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating—perhaps saving—our future and that of our fellow creatures.

A beguiling, optimistic engagement with the changes affecting every part of our lives, The Human Age is a wise and beautiful book that will astound, delight, and inform intelligent life for a long time to come.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With an inquisitive tone, narrator Barbara Caruso dives into Diane Ackerman’s exploration of the current geological age…Caruso’s clear, unhurried enunciation prevents listeners from being overwhelmed by the scope of Ackerman’s research, which runs the gamut from primates to weather to the blue revolution and beyond. The narrative is conversational, marked by rhetorical questions that Caruso inflects perfectly to spark the intended wonder. Despite the grim realities that led to the Anthropocene, Ackerman—and Caruso—offer a hopeful perspective that challenges listeners to reconsider the role that humans will play not only in nature but also as nature, going forward.”

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  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, September 2014
  • One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books, September 2014
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2014 New York Times Notable Book
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
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