No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies

No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies

A timely, eye-opening book about climate change and energy generation that focuses on the consequences of nuclear power production, from award-winning author William T. Vollmann In his nonfiction, William T. Vollmann has won acclaim as a singular voice tackling some of the most important issues of our age, from poverty to violence to the dark soul of American imperialism as A timely, eye-opening book about climate change and energy generation that focuses on the consequences of nuclear pow...

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Title:No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies
Author:William T. Vollmann
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Genres:Science
ISBN:0399563490
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:624 pages pages

No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies Reviews

  • Sean
    Jun 10, 2018
    We are, more or less, doomed. Or, then again, we here now are not necessarily doomed, but those who follow, thanks to us, surely are. Of course this book is only the first half of a two-part exploration. As is Vollmann's wont, it is awfully wordy, with perhaps too damn many numbers buz...
  • Elisabeth
    Sep 08, 2018
    To read this book and its companion Volume Two is signing up for a long haul, but for me, it was a long haul worth taking. These books are one man's in-depth examination of the impact of energy on humans, with scientific data, charts and tables, accompanied by personal stories of his o...
  • James Spencer
    Jun 07, 2018
    I love Vollmann's writing, particularly the novels but also Rising Up and Rising Down, so I was disappointed in this, the first volume of a two volume work on the damage we are doing to our world with our energy production. The first 200 pages here, a "Primer" on the different energy s...
  • Jonfaith
    Aug 13, 2018
    Everyone is encouraging that I power on through the next volume. There is some haunting journalism here. There's also a great deal of scattered analysis and attendant hand wringing. My wife bought me both volumes for my birthday and they arrived while I was till on my sojourn at the...
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    Apr 25, 2018
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    May 10, 2018
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    Jul 02, 2018
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  • Hadrian
    Apr 28, 2018
    My comments on this book will be brief and incomplete - this is only part one of two. Vollmann has written this for the "hot dark future". That is, he is working on the stated assumption that the problems of climate change and resource consumption are too vast and incomprehensible ...
  • Matt Wolber
    Jun 23, 2018
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  • Alexander Weber
    Apr 06, 2018
    I am only just finished the Primer section, so I will update this later. But importantly, I can say that the primer section on its own is about 4.5/5. I really love this. But I think it will rub some people the wrong way. Take for instance this review, which I think is an excellent ...
  • David Melbie
    Jun 25, 2018
    This is the saddest book you will ever read. Your distant descendants will read this and weep. Even skipping to page 219 as the author suggested, I was floored by this book. ...
  • Ian "Marvin" Graye
    Jun 24, 2018
    No Scientific Method ...
  • Edward
    Apr 26, 2018
    Note to the Reader List of Maps and Illustrations --Carbon Ideologies Volume I: No Immediate Danger Definitions, Units and Conversions: Table 1: Commonly Mentioned Radiocontaminants in Fukushima Table 2: Other Isotopes of Interest Radioactivity of Selected Library Interiors, ...
  • Chris Via
    May 04, 2018
    There were several times when the monotony of his interviews set my mind adrift, but overall this is a book worthy of our attention. Who else but WTV, at this time in our history of letters, is equipped to take on such a contentious and, more often than not, ambiguous topic: carbon. Mo...
  • Maru Kun
    Jul 26, 2018
    "...All too often...generalists who could look at overarching meanings and patterns (and therefore most thoughtfully consider where we are going and why) lacked proficiency in maths and science. Meanwhile, some of the scientists and mathematicians I met were naive, or worse yet, indiff...
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    Sep 21, 2018
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  • Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
    May 06, 2018
    Wherein WTV does a lot of math and science (cf. his Copernicus book). Not as compelling (so far, this is only half a book here) as his two non-fiction behemoths, Imperial and RURD. But what it does do, at a minimum, is showcase how difficult it is for even a well-educated, ferociously ...
  • Dave Lawlor
    Jun 08, 2018
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  • Jason
    May 14, 2018
    A prospective reviewer cannot engage William Vollmann's NO IMMEDIATE DANGER without laying out the fact that it constitutes but half of a larger work the publication date of the remainder of which lies on the horizon slightly ahead of us (but only June, kids, only June). To be continue...
  • Sean
    Aug 31, 2018
    Sobering. ...
  • Ian Scuffling
    May 15, 2018
    Fuller review to come?I'll say this 'til then: I think Vollmann failed at writing a book that is essential for this moment in time. It was a herculean task, especially for a person who is not a radiation/nuclear expert, but perhaps that's why someone else should have written it. His ...
  • Griffin Alexander
    Jun 24, 2018
    A bit of a slog at times, withholding a real write up til I finish volume II. ...
  • Christopher Leonard
    Apr 10, 2018
    This incredible, important book is a bracing read like no other. The book is framed as a long letter, written to future inhabitants of an over-heated Earth. "Carbon Ideologies" seeks to explain to future inhabitants of Earth why we, the people of today, persisted in emitting carbon i...
  • Cherie O'Boyle
    Sep 11, 2018
    Very long, with a very, very sad ending. Unless humans are not your favorite species. If that's the case for you, maybe the ending is not so sad. ...
  • Alex Dimaio
    May 07, 2018
    I guess he?ll never discipline his writing. So many wasted pages. He goes on and on about little things that he covered in the previous 300 pages. 5 stars on the subject matter. I enjoyed the second half much more. ...
  • Justin Kern
    Jul 04, 2018
    This book is too sentimental. Vollman predicts that the future will be post-apocalyptically hot, and radioactive, but I'm not convinced. This book is saying things that sound nice and responsible, but the science just doesn't seem to be there. It feels like he is exaggerating globa...
  • Ville
    May 26, 2018
    Vollmann ja miksi kukaan ei halua tehdä mitään ilmastonmuutoksen estämiseksi. Intro on tässä se paras osuus; Fukushima-raportti ei sytyttänyt samalla tavalla. Onneks on vielä yhtä epätoivoinen jatko-osa tulossa kohtapuolin. ...
  • Christopher Condit
    Jun 02, 2018
    I can't in all honesty recommend this book to anyone, big a Vollmann fan as I am. It is at least twice, if not three times as long as it need be, and that's not accounting for the second volume. Way too many radiation readings. Try as he might, he didn't overcome the basic problem of m...
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    Jul 11, 2018
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    Sep 11, 2018
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