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The Great Acceleration: An Environmental History of the Anthropocene since 1945 Paperback – April 4, 2016
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About the Author
J. R. McNeill is University Professor in the Department of History and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
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I wanted to like this book, to have confidence in its reportage, but the authors' approach seems sloppy and disingenuous.