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The Wall Street Journal Confronts Human Empire

The Wall Street Journal Online took notice of The Triumph of Human Empire in a review by distinguished environmental historian J.R. McNeill (Jan. 9, 2014): http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303393804579308471737968440 McNeill points out how many of us enjoyed these writers’ works as children: “Millions … Continue reading

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A Book of the Year

That’s the judgment of The Economist.  I am pleased that it lists The Triumph of Human Empire among the best writing of 2013 in its “science and technology” category, with this citation: “A magnificent attempt to recapture the sense, so … Continue reading

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Age of the Anthropocene or Human Empire?

One of the current terms for describing the contemporary world is “the Age of the Anthropocene,” meaning the” age of man” as a new geological age based on an unprecedented human ability to alter the planet.  It is a useful … Continue reading

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Cold War, Hot Planet

Today, along with every American of my generation, I turned my lonely eyes to Dallas, then to Arlington National Cemetery, and then to the void.  What went to the grave with Kennedy that is still missing a half century later? … Continue reading

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Radio Boston (NPR) interview

A conversation about the end of the world and why writers are the ones to go to for understanding why it is here  

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A Rave Review

From The Telegraph in the UK:  “A literary history of progress, change and watery utopias is one of the most fascinating books of the year, says Philip Hoare”: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/scienceandnaturebookreviews/10397703/The-Triumph-of-Human-Empire-by-Rosalind-Williams-review.html

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Brief summary of new book

Here is a quick but thoughtful summary of The Triumph of Human Empire, thanks to Peter Dizikes of MIT News.  

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A very happy day

Why the big smile? For being awarded the da Vinci medal (more or less a lifetime achievement award) from the Society for the History of Technology (October 12, 2013).

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Why Morris?

Thank you for that question, Maddy! Summer day, sandwiches on the deck, chit chat, during which my friend Maddy asks: “I’ve heard of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, but not William Morris. What is he doing in your book?” … Continue reading

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Why didn’t I try to sell movie rights?

So I have been musing since Stephen King’s 2009 novel Under the Dome has been turned into a TV series (even better than movie rights these days). King has explained that the image of a town under a transparent dome … Continue reading

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