I've long been fan of big real(or at least realistic)-life adventure stories. As a kid I read Thor Heyerdahl's "Kon Tiki" at least seven times and devoured books by Farley Mowat, Jack London and Mark Twain. I read about sea voyages and shipwrecks, desert crossings and awkward portages, glacier ascents and trips into the bowels of the earth. It was the next best thing to being there, and as close as I could get from my home in rural Maine. Somewhere along the way, partly awakened by the Reagan administration, I became aware of how transitory these places and adventures were, how using the wild often means using it up, and that mankind has the power to kick the crap out of the planet without the self-control not to. I transitioned from adventure and exploration tales to studying the apocalypse through "Alas, Babylon," "On the Beach," "No Truce with Kings," "Shadow on the Hearth" ... Craig Childs' new book, "Apocalyptic Planet," provides grist for both of my mental mills,...
Childs is one of m favorite authors. Until this book I didn't think he could match his "House of Rain" effort. Apocalyptic Planet approaches climate change and all of its emotions and issues in a clever and informative manner. Excellent book!
As always Craig in his melodic style stirs areas of my brain not often used. Two thumbs up for one of the best.
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