The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World

Version: Unabridged
Author: Charles C. Mann
Narrator: Bronson Pinchot
Genres: History, Biography & Memoir, Animals & Nature
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: January 2018
# of Units: 15 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

From the best-selling, award-winning author of 1491 and 1493--an incisive portrait of the two little-known twentieth-century scientists, Norman Borlaug and William Vogt, whose diametrically opposed views shaped our ideas about the environment, laying the groundwork for how people in the twenty-first century will choose to live in tomorrow's world.

In forty years, Earth's population will reach ten billion. Can our world support that? What kind of world will it be? Those answering these questions generally fall into two deeply divided groups--Wizards and Prophets, as Charles Mann calls them in this balanced, authoritative, nonpolemical new book. The Prophets, he explains, follow William Vogt, a founding environmentalist who believed that in using more than our planet has to give, our prosperity will lead us to ruin. Cut back! was his mantra. Otherwise everyone will lose! The Wizards are the heirs of Norman Borlaug, whose research, in effect, wrangled the world in service to our species to produce modern high-yield crops that then saved millions from starvation. Innovate! was Borlaug's cry. Only in that way can everyone win! Mann delves into these diverging viewpoints to assess the four great challenges humanity faces--food, water, energy, climate change--grounding each in historical context and weighing the options for the future. With our civilization on the line, the author's insightful analysis is an essential addition to the urgent conversation about how our children will fare on an increasingly crowded Earth.

Author Details

Author Details

Mann, Charles C.

Charles C. Mann is the author of "1491", which won the U.S. National Academy of Sciences' Keck award for the best book of the year. A correspondent for "The Atlantic Monthly", "Science", and" Wired", he has covered the intersection of science, technology, and commerce for many newspapers and magazines here and abroad, including the "New York Times", "Vanity Fair, " the "Washington Post, " and more. In addition to "1491", he was the co-author of four other non-fiction books. He is now working on a companion volume to "1491." His website is www.charlesmann.org.