A Radical History

Dawson, Ashley
Date Written:  2016-07-22
Publisher:  OR Books
Year Published:  2016
Pages:  132pp   Price:  $16   ISBN:  978-1-682190-40-1
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX19774

Some thousands of years ago, the world was home to an immense variety of large mammals. From wooly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers to giant ground sloths and armadillos the size of automobiles, these spectacular creatures roamed freely. Then human beings arrived. Devouring their way down the food chain as they spread across the planet, they began a process of voracious extinction that has continued to the present. This relentless extinction, Ashley Dawson contends in a primer that combines vast scope with elegant precision, is the product of a global attack on the commons, the great trove of air, water, plants and creatures, as well as collectively created cultural forms such as language, that have been regarded traditionally as the inheritance of humanity as a whole.

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