The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

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March 2014, no. 359
The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

by Elizabeth Kolbert

Bloomsbury, $29.99 pb, 319 pp, 9781408851227

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

Reviewed by
March 2014, no. 359

‘When the world changes faster than species can adapt, many fall out,’ writes Elizabeth Kolbert towards the end of her study on the mounting wave of extinction we are living through – and causing. The list of species dispatched by humans, directly or indirectly, is growing every day, yet Kolbert isn’t merely ringing alarm bells or giving a dour post-mortem. As the book’s subtitle suggests, she is interested in the history of extinction itself, from the very concept (which isn’t nearly as old as you might think) to its most dramatic examples to date.

The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

by Elizabeth Kolbert

Bloomsbury, $29.99 pb, 319 pp, 9781408851227

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