Book: The Collapse of Western Civilization - A View From the Future
Provocative and grimly fascinating, The Collapse of Western Civilization offers a glimpse into a future that, with farsighted leadership, still might be avoided. It should be required reading for anyone who works -- or hopes to -- in Washington.
- Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
The scenario portrayed in this valuable little book is scarily possible. It would be apt if readers took action to keep it from, you know, happening.
- Bill McKibben, founder 350.org)
Packed with salient science, smart speculation and flashes of mordant humour.
This science-historical fantasy is thought-provoking, but is it prescient?
– Scientific American
[A] must-read... What is science fiction today will someday be the history of real, live people -- billions of them. Kudos to Oreskes and Conway for finding a creative way to talk about the immoral choice we are making today and how those billions of people will suffer for it.
- Climate Progress Blog
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Naomi Oreskes is professor of the history of science and affiliated professor of Earth and planetary sciences at Harvard University. Her 2004 essay "The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change," cited by Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth (2006), led to op-ed pieces in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and to Congressional testimony in the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. With Erik Conway, she is the author of Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming.
Erik M. Conway is a historian of science and technology employed by the California Institute of Technology. He recently received a NASA History award for "path-breaking contributions to space history, ranging from aeronautics to Earth and space sciences," and an AIAA History Manuscript Award for his fourth book, Atmospheric Science at NASA: A History.