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The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us

Diane Ackerman
Item #: D80373
Pages/Publication Date: 344 / 2014
Publisher: Norton
ISBN: 9780393351644
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For millennia, man has adapted to his environment; now, however, we force the plants, animals, and even the atmosphere to conform to us, suggests the author of Dawn Light and A Natural History of the Senses. In this entertaining manifesto—winner of the PEN/ New England Henry David Thoreau Prize—Diane Ackerman looks at mankind's rapid conquest of nature, but also considers our unique capacity to transform the world for the better. Along the way, Ackerman examines such modern phenomena as synthetic species, orangutans with iPads, and a "frozen ark" containing the DNA of vanishing species.


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