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A Guide to the End of the World: Everything You Never Wanted to Know

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Thousands of people die every year from floods, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, hurricanes and typhoons. Yet compared to what the Earth endured in prehistoric times-lethal volcanic winters, deadly asteroid collisions-our civilization has developed against a backdrop of relative geological calm. Will this calm last? A Brief Guide to the End of the World looks at the fright ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published September 9th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published March 21st 2002)
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Esmeralda Rupp-Spangle
Mar 11, 2008 Esmeralda Rupp-Spangle rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who doesn't mind being told their planet is mortal
Recommended to Esmeralda by: Random discovery
On Amazon.com this book has 2 reviews- one is a well-deserved 5 star rating, the other is a 1 star review.
Out of curiosity, I read the 1 star review.
Apparently, the reason the reader gave it 1 star was not because it was badly written or poorly researched, or any of the reasons you might assume, no.
It was too scary.
It was frightening, depressing, and TRUE.
It left them feeling impotent, doomed, and hopeless.
Essentially, this book was reviewed poorly because it was RIGHT. And considering the
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Keith
Feb 12, 2009 Keith rated it liked it
Tsunamis, earthquakes, asteroids, comets, global warming, a new ice age, volcanoes, this book has it all but it is real science not science fiction. He does a great job of explaining how the earth as we currently know it ould come to an end. And I thought I was a prophet of doom. We should marvel at how lucky we are here on Earth to live in a rather benign locaiton in the milky way galaxy in a benign time in the universe's current life. With that the Earth is still a hazardous place.
Leah
Nov 05, 2012 Leah rated it liked it


Too bad it is so outdated, I thought it was a great review of the earth's challenges.
Madis
Dec 15, 2010 Madis rated it it was ok
Was hoping for some more man-made disaster scenarios...
P.
May 29, 2008 P. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Pessimists, biologists
Global warming is just one possible scenario for the end of the world and Bill McGuire wants to discuss in loving detail all the catastrophic ways in which humanity will end. He does this by evaluating past catastrophes and assessing their probable effects. All the usual suspects are there; the Canary or Hawaiian Islands collapse and tsunamis, cessation of the North Atlantic thermal interchange, meteors (quite small ones, actually), ice ages, melting ice packs, etc. Mr. McGuire seems to believe ...more
Giles Guest
Jan 20, 2015 Giles Guest rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Excellent. Sufficient science to be interesting - sufficient lack of complexity to be readable for an hour without blowing your mind. Ironically, starting from the back and doing chapters in reverse order makes the book more accessible as the into is a bit long. Ignore the global warming chapter - more up to date books out there but for asteroids, comets, volcanos, tsunamis and quakes - all here. We're all going to die - just a matter of when. Great read :)
Nick Woodall
Well-written, concise, yet scary! All the things you don't need to worry about but now you will!
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