Nathaniel Rich is the author of the novels King Zeno, Odds Against Tomorrow, and The Mayor's Tongue. He is a writer at large for The New York Times Magazine and a regular contributor to The Atlantic and The New York Review of Books. He lives in New Orleans.
"An eloquent science history, and an urgent eleventh-hour call
to save what can be saved." --Barbara Kiser, Nature"Reading
like a Greek tragedy, Losing Earth shows how close we came to
making the right choices -- if it weren't for our darker angels."
--Adam Frank, NPR.org"Exceedingly well-written . . . a
must-read handbook for everyone concerned about our planet's future
. . . Losing Earth is eloquent, devastating, and crucial."
--Booklist (starred review)"A maddening book full of what-ifs
and the haunting suspicion that if treated as a political problem
and not as a matter of life and death, climate change will cook
everyone's geese." --Kirkus Reviews"This deeply researched, deeply
felt book is an essential addition to the canon of climate change
literature. Others have documented where we are, and speculated
about where we might be headed, but the story of how we got here is
perhaps the most important one to be told, because it is both a
cautionary tale and an unfinished one. Reading this book, I could
not help but imagine my children one day reading a future edition,
which will include the story of my generation's response to what we
knew." --Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Extremely Loud and
Incredibly Close"How to explain the mess we're in? Nathaniel Rich
recounts how a crucial decade was squandered. Losing Earth is an
important contribution to the record of our heedless age."
--Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction"Combining the dramatic immediacy of a police procedural with the urgency of prophecy, Nathaniel Rich's provocative book chronicles the failure of our scientific and political leaders to act to halt the climate apocalypse when they appeared on the verge of doing so, and casts the triumph of denial as the defining moral crisis for humankind." --Philip Gourevitch, author of We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families
"In this book, Nathaniel Rich demonstrates exquisitely how shallow debate of a deep problem--the planetary scale and civilizational consequences of climate change--exacerbates the problem. We are still a long way from thinking about climate change in the multi-century frame we need to deal with it realistically. Getting there will be a new skill for humanity, if we get there." --Stewart Brand, author of Whole Earth Discipline "[Nathaniel] Rich has a talent for translating a complicated issue into a gripping story. And like any effective storyteller, he places compelling characters in the foreground." -LitHub