- Paperback: 223 pages
- Publisher: A SIERRA CLUB-BALLANTINE BOOK; 13th Printing edition (May 1, 1970)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000EI3XOS
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,920,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Actually, Malthus never predicted catastrophic famine. He simply stated the obvious — when population reaches overshoot, the death rate will automatically rise to restore balance, one way or another (starvation, disease, conflict). A thousand people cannot prosper if forced to share ten cheeseburgers a day. The overshoot ceiling rises when food is abundant, and falls when food is scarce. Malthus was not a doomer. His cardinal sin was declaring the obvious — that there are limits to growth.
Ehrlich, on the other hand, actually did predict catastrophic famine, and soon. The first lines in his book are, “The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.” Millions indeed starved, but not hundreds of millions. Everyone agrees that this prediction was inaccurate or premature.
When Ehrlich was writing, India was sliding toward catastrophic famine. Only ten nations produced more food than they consumed in 1966. In America, the postwar baby boom led to a freakish population spike of 55 million in 20 years. The streets of 1968 were jammed with scruffy rebels protesting the Vietnam War, and our totally unhip way of life.Read more ›
Negative: Ehrlich definitely adopts the point of view of the "supreme white man", who deems colored people as below him. The most striking example is found in Chapter 1 "The Problem" when he describes his ride in a taxi with his family into a hotel through a slum in India. We clearly have the tourist shocked of not finding his conveniences from back home abroad on the one hand, the idiots and barbarians on the other. Fortunately this perspective has changed in the meantime.
Like any book the Population Bomb was published in a given time in a given context and with a given level of knowledge. It can therefore be easily understood that he did not include the declining birth rates in the Third World as well. In this respect, the book has become a historical source of the late 1960, an era long gone by.
To sum it up: An interesting read for anyone who wants to know more about the early days of ecologism and care for the environment. For a novice in demographics it is too outdated, and for a statistican and/or mathematician it is too simplistic.
We see the tragic result today as millions of mostly healthy and well fed Muslim Males invade the West with the intent of taking all of the remaining wealth from the very PPL that, literally fed them for decades. The only PPL that will be dyeing in the short run will be the hapless Europeans followed by Americans. There will then be a mass extinction from starvation and disease as modernity is drowned in a sea of stone age ignorance.
If your unlucky you will live long enough to suffer for your love of diversity.
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This man, simple put, was a humanity hating zealot. This is the profile on many left wing socialists. Read morePublished 4 months ago by E J P
The comments are interesting. The basics of a 2 fruit flies in a jar with sugar and oxygen, covered with saran wrap, and how that population explodes and then declines at almost... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Louis A. McCa II
This book is probably the most idiotic piece of trash written by a so-called "intellectual." I believe Ehrlich is STILL teaching at Stanford? Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dr. Ron
Just another Libtard screaming "The sky is falling! Quick we need to live like commits with me in charge to survive!"
Funny he does not practice what he preaches.
I love that he pointed a finger at "death control" way back in 1968!
He was "right on"with that idea and still it is a taboo topic. Read more
Incredible book. A true visionary.
And people still don't get it. It's not a prediction with a deadline, it's a statement of what is coming because of our bad... Read more
I have owned this book since way before there even was an Amazon. I show it to young people to demonstrate that when the Chicken Littles start screaming "The sky is falling! Read morePublished 16 months ago by zman121
This book is an abject failure. The author should be ashamed for writing it. I met Erlich in Costa Rica in 1989 and was critical of the book, but he was unabashed about his fear... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mark Taylor