Sunday, 3 January 2016

The Years First 5 Star Review

This book scared the pants off of me and that's no mean feat for a non-fiction Science book. The Sixth Extinction is a brutally honest book that tells the tale of the Human Races hand in the numerous destruction of so many other life forms.

If you are expecting a book that has a decidedly environmentalist slant than you will be disappointed. Elizabeth Kolbert delivers a very balanced book that cuts through all the rhetoric and lays the undeniable facts to the reader. There is so much in this book I did not know about from the demise of the frogs to the acidification of our oceans, it all makes for a truly frightening but enlightening read. Throw in with this the history of other Extinction events and this book becomes a true masterpiece.

Yes, this book is an uncomfortable, frightening and read but I think it is one of the most important books to come out last year. It is rare to see such a well balanced read and I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
5 Stars

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