- Hardcover: 201 pages
- Publisher: Buccaneer Books; Reprint edition (December 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568495870
- ISBN-13: 978-1568495873
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,920,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There's lots of money to be made in Doomsday predictions if you can rationalize taking the money from the fools that will buy your pitch. This books predicts the world will starve to death due to overpopulation. Only problem, the predictions were made decades ago and they were all wrong. We're still here.
Maybe he can write a book on global warming...
The World Health Organization itself predicts NOW that the worlds population will stabilize around 2040 ....notice not collapse and that the problem is not "having kids" it is tyrants that won't feed their people.
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 For a novice in demographics it is too outdated, and for a statistican and/or mathematician it is too simplistic.
How much human life can our planet support? Science and society cannot keep up indefinitely with overpopulation. What will it take to renew awareness of overpopulation as the core issue of the future? Al Gore, we beg you to champion the cause.