"[L]yrical, analytical..a wonderful account that reveals an eclectic, comprehensive intelligence...a powerful and provocative synthesis; first-rate science journalism."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Refreshingly unpolemical and at times even witty, McNeill's book brims with carefully sifted statistics and brilliant details."—Washington Post Book World
A controversial, timely reassessment of the environmentalist agenda by outstanding historians, scientists, and critics.