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Author: David Wallace-Wells Narrator: David Wallace-Wells Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2019 ISBN: 9780593103067
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The Uninhabitable Earth hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon.”—Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New Yorker  The New York Times Book Review • Time • NPR • The Economist The Paris Review • Toronto Star  • GQ • The Times Literary Supplement • The New York Public Library • Kirkus Reviews

It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible—food shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation.

An “epoch-defining book” (The Guardian) and “this generation’s Silent Spring” (The Washington Post), The Uninhabitable Earth is both a travelogue of the near future and a meditation on how that future will look to those living through it—the ways that warming promises to transform global politics, the meaning of technology and nature in the modern world, the sustainability of capitalism and the trajectory of human progress.

The Uninhabitable Earth is also an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation—today’s.

LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN/E.O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD

“The Uninhabitable Earth is the most terrifying book I have ever read. Its subject is climate change, and its method is scientific, but its mode is Old Testament. The book is a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet.”—Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times

“Riveting. . . . Some readers will find Mr. Wallace-Wells’s outline of possible futures alarmist. He is indeed alarmed. You should be, too.”The Economist

“Potent and evocative. . . . Wallace-Wells has resolved to offer something other than the standard narrative of climate change. . . . He avoids the ‘eerily banal language of climatology’ in favor of lush, rolling prose.”—Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times

“The book has potential to be this generation’s Silent Spring.”—The Washington Post

The Uninhabitable Earth, which has become a best seller, taps into the underlying emotion of the day: fear. . . . I encourage people to read this book.”—Alan Weisman, The New York Review of Books Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • This gripping, terrifying, furiously readable book is possibly the most wide-ranging account yet written of the ways in which climate change will transform every aspect of our lives, ranging from where we live to what we eat and the stories we tell. Essential reading for our ever-more-unfamiliar and unpredictable world. Amitav Ghosh, author of Flood of Fire
  • “Urgent and humane. . . . Wallace-Wells is an extremely adept storyteller. . . . A horrifying assessment of what we might expect as a result of climate change if we don’t change course. Susan Matthews, Slate
  • If we don’t want our grandchildren to curse us, we had better read this book. Timothy Snyder, author of Black Earth
  • “Lively. . . . Vivid. . . . If you’ve snoozed through or turned away from the climate change news, this book will waken and update you. If you’re steeped in the unfolding climate drama, Wallace-Wells’s voice and perspective will be stimulating. David George Haskell, The Guardian
  • Beautifully written. . . . As climate change encroaches, things will get worse. Much worse. And David Wallace-Wells spares no detail in explaining how. Kate Aronoff, Bookforum
  • Relentless, angry journalism of the highest order. Read it and, for the lack of any more useful response, weep. Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times
  • A brilliant and unsparing analysis of a nightmare that is no longer a distant future but our chaotic, burning present. Unlike other writers who speak about human agency in the abstract, Wallace-Wells zeros in on the power structures and capitalist elites whose mindless greed is writing an obituary for our grandchildren. Mike Davis, author of Ecology of Fear
  • A lucid and thorough description of our unprecedented crisis, and of the mechanisms of denial with which we seek to avoid its fullest recognition. William Gibson, author of Neuromancer

    "David Wallace-Wells has produced a willfully terrifying polemic that reads like a cross between Stephen King and Stephen Hawking. Written with verve and insight and an eerie gusto for its own horrors, it comes just when we need it; it could not be more urgent than it is at this moment. I hope everyone will read it and be afraid.
  • A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE
  • The Uninhabitable Earth is the most terrifying book I have ever read. Its subject is climate change, and its method is scientific, but its mode is Old Testament. The book is a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet. Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times
  • One of the very few books about our climate change emergency that doesn't sugarcoat the horror.  William T. Vollmann, author of No Immediate Danger
  • Powerfully argued. . . . A masterly analysis of why—with a world of solutions—we choose doom. Nature
  • Riveting. . . . Some readers will find Mr. Wallace-Wells’s outline of possible futures alarmist. He is indeed alarmed. You should be, too. The Economist
  • Potent and evocative. . . . Wallace-Wells has resolved to offer something other than the standard narrative of climate change. . . . He avoids the ‘eerily banal language of climatology’ in favor of lush, rolling prose. Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times
  • Most of us know the gist, if not the details, of the climate change crisis. And yet it is almost impossible to sustain strong feelings about it. David Wallace-Wells has now provided the details, and with writing that is not only clear and forceful, but often imaginative and even funny, he has found a way to make the information deeply felt. Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything is Illuminated
  • A brilliant new book. . . . a remorseless, near-unbearable account of what we are doing to our planet. John Lanchester, The New York Times Book Review
  • David Wallace-Wells argues that the impacts of climate change will be much graver than most people realize, and he's right. The Uninhabitable Earth is a timely and provocative work. Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction
  • An excellent book. . . . Not since Bill McKibben’s The End of Nature thirty years ago have we been told what climate change will mean in such vivid terms. Fred Pearce, The Washington Post
  • A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Geography
  • New York Times bestseller
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • Longlisted for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
  • Shortlisted for the Foyles Book of the Year in Nonfiction
  • Longlisted for the 2020 PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TomC | 3/22/2020

    " Wallace-Wells' book is dark and foreboding but it is impossible to dismiss its importance. Extremely well-researched, with every aspect and impact of climate change covered thoughtfully and in depth. Meant to inform and to jar the reader out of any last vestiges of denial, but references no junk science nor resorts to gratuitous scare tactics. It is political when necessary. And yes, there are some positions of hope taken, though you have to work your way through the book to understand why hope is a reasonable conclusion. Does his own narration, which is excellent. "

About the Author

David Wallace-Wells is deputy editor of New York magazine, where he also writes frequently about climate change and the near future of science and technology. In July 2017 he published a cover story surveying the landscape of worst-case scenarios for global warming that became an immediate sensation, reaching millions of readers on its first day and, in less than a week, becoming the most-read story the magazine had ever published and sparking an unprecedented debate, ongoing still today among scientists and journalists, about just how we should be thinking, and talking, about the planetary threat from climate change.