Wallace-Wells, David | The Uninhabitable Earth. Life After Warming
- First edition, first printing. A fine copy signed by the author on the title page and dated “3/12/19”, the day that Wallace-Wells spoke at the Politics and Prose bookshop in Washington D. C.
The Uninhabitable Earth, by journalist David Wallace-Wells, is one of the key popular science books of the climate change crisis. Expanded from a 2017 essay published in New York magazine, its frightening predictions for the worst-case climate scenario made it an international best-seller, achieving a level of public interest not seen since Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.
The Uninhabitable Earth has received extensive critical praise, with novelist Amitav Gosh describing it as “gripping, terrifying, and furiously readable”, and Slate reviewer Susan Matthews comparing its potential impact to that of Silent Spring. It has also engendered controversy in the community of climate scientists, with leading researchers such as Michael Mann pointing out minor factual errors and arguing that its focus on extreme scenarios is more likely to lead to public despair and apathy than activism.
New York: Tim Duggan Books, 2019.
Octavo. Original grey boards, titles to spine in black, grey endpapers. With the dust jacket. A fine copy.