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“[Brannen] is a companionable guide, as good at breathing life into the fossilized prose of scientific papers as he is at conjuring the Ordovician reign of the nautiloids.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Gripping . . . Brannen excels at evoking lost worlds.” (The New Yorker)

“Clear-eyed, urgent, and eloquent. . . . Brannen offers an important education, making an argument for how better understanding what’s happened can help us determine how to move forward.” (Boston Globe)

“Timely to say the least . . . with grace and wit, [Brannen] makes a compelling case that recognizing our fortune and coming to terms with our fragility means consciousness prevails in the universe. We are still capable of changing the way we live.” (Paste Magazine)

“A remarkable journey into the deep past that has much to teach us about the future of our planet.” (The Guardian)

“Masterful . . . might be just the book to give to that uncle of yours who still wants to argue about climate change (or even to your US Representative). But first, read it yourself. It’s a page turner.” (Ars Technica)

“If readers have time for only one book on the subject, this wonderfully written, well-balanced, and intricately researched (though not too dense) selection is the one to choose.” (Library Journal (Starred Review))

“Revealing . . . Effectively link[s] past and present, [while] wind[ing] down with projections for the future and a warning against inaction in the face of climate change.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A simultaneously enlightening and cautionary tale of the deep history of our planet and the possible future. . . . . entertaining and informative on the geological record and the researchers who study it. . . . a useful addition to the popular literature on climate change.” (Kirkus)

“Much-needed as a cautionary lesson and a hopeful demonstration of how life on Earth keeps rebounding from destruction.” (Booklist) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Peter Brannen is an award-winning science journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, Washington Post, Slate, Boston Globe, Aeon, and others. A graduate of Boston College, he was a 2015 journalist-in-residence at the Duke University National Evolutionary Synthesis Center and a 2011 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Science Journalism Fellow. This is his first book.

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3.0 out of 5 stars This is a book about science.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is how tough Lady Earth (the planetary organism) is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A story of ice and carbon dioxide, and with occasional volcanoes and an asteroid
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another dimention
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