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Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future Hardcover – 9 February 2021

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"To be a well-informed citizen of Planet Earth, you need to read Elizabeth Kolbert. . . . It's a tribute to Kolbert's skills as a storyteller that she transforms the quest to deal with the climate crisis into a darkly comic tale of human hubris and imagination that could either end in flames or in a new vision of Paradise."--Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone

"A superb and honest reflection of our extraordinary time."--Nature

"Important, necessary, urgent and phenomenally interesting . . . [Kolbert] has a marvelous eye for the quirky . . . and she wields figurative language in truly glorious ways."--Helen Macdonald, The New York Times Book Review

"Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Kolbert's beat is examining the impact of humans on the environment and she does it better than basically everyone."--Lit Hub

"What makes Under A White Sky so valuable and such a compelling read is Kolbert tells by showing. Without beating the reader over the head, she makes it clear how far we already are from a world of undisturbed, perfectly balanced nature--and how far we must still go to find a new balance for the planet's future that still has us humans in it."--NPR

"From the Mojave to lava fields in Iceland, Kolbert takes readers on a globe-spanning journey to explore these projects while weighing their pros, cons, and ethical implications."--Nation

"An eye-opening--and at times terrifying--examination of just how far scientists have already gone in their attempts to re-engineer the planet."--Gizmodo

"If you like your apocalit with a side of humor, she will have you laughing while Rome burns."--MIT Technology Review

"Brilliantly executed and urgently necessary."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A master elucidator, Kolbert is gratifyingly direct as she assesses our predicament between a rock and a hard place, creating a clarion and invaluable 'book about people trying to solve problems created by people trying to solve problems.'"--Booklist (starred review)

"Every paragraph of Kolbert's books has a mountain of reading and reporting behind it . . . Urgent, absolutely necessary reading as a portrait of our devastated planet."--Kirkus Reviews (starred

"A tale not of magic-bullet remedies where maybe this time things will be different when we intervene in nature, but rather of deploying a panoply of strategies big and small in hopes that there is still time to make a difference and atone for our past. A sobering and realistic look at humankind's perhaps misplaced faith that technology can work with nature to produce a more livable planet."--Library Journal (starred review)

About the Author

Elizabeth Kolbert is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change and The Sixth Extinction, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize. For her work at The New Yorker, where she's a staff writer, she has received two National Magazine Awards and the Blake-Dodd Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.
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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593136276
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593136270
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