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Here on Earth by Tim Flannery.. Take one planet, add people, stir. This one reaches back to the Big Bang, and though Homo Not-So-Sapiens gets some rough treatment in the mid-section, Flannery’s is a pretty joyous eco read, all told.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"[I]n his fascinating, sometimes exasperating but ultimately valuable new book, ‘Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet,’ Flannery moves to the widest possible view, swinging between a loving invocation of our home planet and its astonishing cloak of living things and a blistering portrayal of modern Homo sapiens as fuel- and chemical-addicted ‘Gaia-killers.’ Our self-centered resource binge, he writes, is exacting irreparable damage to Earth’s biological patrimony, ‘undoing the work of ages’ ."

The New York Times

"Earth could use a biography. Tim Flannery has delivered a provocative one. Despite the rising level of greenhouse gases warming the Blue Planet and the failure to unite governments behind efforts to arrest the trend, Flannery is optimistic for Earth's future and that of its most destructive inhabitants: you and me.."

The Mercury News

Author bio: Dr. Flannery has made contributions of international significance to the fields of palaeontology, mammalogy and conservation and to the understanding of science in the broader community. His work, which includes a number of major discoveries, has received international acclaim from both peers and professionals. More information can be found here:

Book Details: Science/Technology; (288 pp. Evolutionary: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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