The Best Books To Make You Rethink Nature

The Books I Picked & Why

The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World

By Andrea Wulf

The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World

Why this book?

An impressive and in-depth biopic of the German explorer Alexander von Humboldt. Wulf is our guide though his personal and working life, as well as the remarkable process by which he came to comprehend the incredibly complex web of life, and led to our modern appreciation for the natural world.


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Into the Wild

By Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild

Why this book?

Following a young dreamer into the wilds of Alaska, a stark warning of why disappearing into nature for a life of solitude might not be quite as romantic as one imagines.


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Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene

By Clive Hamilton

Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene

Why this book?

A profoundly depressing but important explanation of the paradox that the more power humans gain over the Earth, the more the planet we call home will turn against us, a fundamental shift in humanity's relationship with nature, and making our existence ever more precarious.


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The World Without Us

By Alan Weisman

The World Without Us

Why this book?

What would happen to the Earth if humans suddenly disappeared? Weisman shows that while some aspects of nature could recover surprisingly quickly, humans have managed to pollute so widely and in such remote pockets of the planet that our presence could still be traceable thousands of years from now.


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Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life

By Edward O. Wilson

Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life

Why this book?

As radical as they go. Wilson argues the case for identifying parts of the planet that can be restored to a pre-human state of ecological equilibrium, and setting aside half the planet's surface for no reason other than to allow these environments to rewild to their former glory.


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