Review:

Having to deal with such a large book, our group read different sections of the book but still managed to gather all the important details about the book and tackle the topic of ‘Earth in Human Hands’ well enough. After our experience with the book, we decided to overall rate it with a 7/10. This score tends to look upon the writing style, informative, bias with 10 being not at all, value of the book, authority of the author and how much we enjoyed it.

The writing style of the author and the content was understandable to high schoolers with a certain english level such as ours. However, occasionally, it did cause some difficulty in understanding due to an extravagant use of vocabulary with many scientific terms being included. Also, the author included numerous references to scientific terms and especially astrobiology, making it a bit difficult for people without background knowledge to understand. Lastly, it seemed as if the author did not narrow down the topic or stick to his concept well enough and at all times. It usually seemed as if he is covering a rather very broad topic or is going off topic with lengthy discussions about terrestrial live and discoveries; whereas the main concern of the book is tackling environmental issues within Planet Earth. At times, it seemed as if the author is being bias towards other institutes working for the similar welfare and is favouring specific organizations he has worked such as NASA. Such traits can be considered weaknesses for the book itself. Aside from such downsides, the book was not shy to show strength in the following criterias; authority established by the author, value of the book and being informative. David Grinspoon, with his unique perspective towards the problem at hand and throwing out several facts proved the book to be quite informative and establish David’s authority as a knowledgeable author that can back up his content well enough. The book is of great value as it connects with the reader throughout towards the end, and does a great job in putting up a sentimental and strong realisation in the reader of how Earth is suffering in the long term and responsibility has to be taken up as “caretakers” of it from none other than us. Because of having a short amount of time, I believe we could not take much from the book or enjoy it well enough as the book potentially deserves, but overall I believe it was a good learning experience to expand our knowledge of environmental problems surrounding our home; Planet Earth.

Some Professional Reviews of “Earth in Human Hands” by David Grinspoon:

"In his wonderful writing style, Dr. Grinspoon spells it out: A single species is inducing more profound changes to our planet than any other organism in geologic history. It's us. If you have family and friends here on Earth, read this book. The Earth is in our hands."—Bill Nye "The Science Guy"

"A beautiful and detailed overview of the ways we must change our thinking if we want to truly understand the transformation in our midst."—Adam Frank, NPR.com

"Earth in Human Hands is a remarkable synthesis of natural history, planetary science, extinction histories, Earth's climate and the human effect on the world...If we do it right, the 21st century won't be the peak of human achievement, but rather our initial foray into a brilliant, uncertain but full-of-potential future."—Forbes