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The World Without Us

If humankind were to vanish, what would be left?

By Alan Weisman
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The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

The World Without Us (2007) outlines the fictional scenario where, all of a sudden, the whole of mankind disappears. With humanity missing, the process by which nature claims back what was once hers is described. Although most of the footprints left by humanity would be gone after a relatively short period, some would remain. Among these remnants would be some of the many toxic substances released by mankind, meaning that, even after we’ve gone, the damaging effects of human civilization would linger.



  • Anyone who wonders what damage humans have already done to nature
  • Anyone who wants to know if nature can recover from human interference
  • Anyone who wonders what will survive of our human culture


Alan Weisman is a US author and journalist. As a professor of international journalism at the University of Arizona he published the acclaimed article Earth Without People, which became the basis for The World Without Us.

He has received several prizes including the Four Corners Award for the Best Nonfiction Book.

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