This was a massive 17+ hour slog but it was absolutely worth it. Slightly too US-centric for me and a little dated nowadays in parts, but brilliant nonetheless. Important lessons for nations all over the world and humanity itself.
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Just finished this one. Amazing! Fav book of the year so far. A perfect mix of information and narrative. Loved each section equally, but the history of caffeine was incredibly interesting, and mescaline gave me hope for the future.
(He regarded the pandemic as a sign we had fallen away from Mother-Father Earth, that we had lost touch with “our brother and sister animals, plants, minerals, bacteria, and viruses. That is why this pause we call coronavirus is so urgent. It is a time to replenish and regenerate the absolute energy of the mind.”)
^ this part towards the end really stood out to me
This one wasn't for me. I just ended up feeling so sorry for the octopuses in this book, captured, imprisoned, dying miserable in captivity in an aquarium for profit. I keep forgetting to not read books about animals written by nonvegans. Some bits were OK.
This book was absolutely relentless. Chapter after chapter of humans decimating vast populations of wildlife in the name of progress and plunder of the natural world. Only the final chapter gave any remote hope for the future. We truly do need to wake up.
An epic odyssey into the underland. I especially enjoyed the Paris Catacombs, the ancient cave art, and about how to bury and protect radioactive waste for tens of thousands of years. This Macfarlane is a good writer, almost TOO good. Enjoyed it!