The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.56 X 0.94 X 8.44 inches | 0.59 pounds

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About the Author

Diane Ackerman is a naturalist and poet and the author of ten books of literary nonfiction, including A Natural History of the Senses, A Natural History of Love, and Cultivating Delight. Also the author of six volumes of poetry and several nonfiction children's books, she contributes to The New York Times, Discover, National Geographic, Parade, and many other publications. Ackerman lives in Ithaca, New York.


Exquisite and startling.--Tim Flannery
Diane Ackerman's vivid writing, inexhaustible stock of insights, and unquenchable optimism have established her as a national treasure, and as one of our great authors. If you've read any of her previous books, you already know why you'll love this latest one. If you haven't read her previous books, you're now about to become addicted to Diane Ackerman.--Jared Diamond, professor of geography at UCLA and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse
Splendidly prismatic...[N]early every page holds surprises.--Andrew C. Revkin
Ackerman is a gorgeous writer and perceptive observer.--Kate Tuttle
Ferociously inspiring.--Alan Moores
Amazingly illuminating...Ackerman reaches into the past to understand and explain our future...with her typically intoxicating blend of scholarship, wisdom, grace, and humor.--Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies
Fascinating...Ackerman offers a cross-cultural tour of human ingenuity...Her words invite us to feel the hope she feels.--Barbara J. King
With graceful intelligence, Ackerman calls for an enlightened guardianship for the planet. I cannot imagine a richer text of image and insight.--Terry Tempest Williams, author of When Women Were Birds
A humdinger of a book...Ackerman is optimistic, even exhilarated, and frequently giddy about the future of humanity.--Jon Christensen