A deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left.
A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans' eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. In The End of Night, Paul Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art. From Las Vegas' Luxor Beam - the brightest single spot on this planet - to nights so starlit the sky looks like snow, Bogard blends personal narrative, natural history, science, and history to shed light on the importance of darkness - what we've lost, what we still have, and what we might regain - and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.
©2013 Paul Bogard (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC
"A moving, poetic, immersive, multifaceted, and thought-provoking study... Terrific." (Publishers Weekly)
I'm really sorry to say that this book does nothing well and after 3 hours of listening, I'm going to reform it. I'm a deep lover of the night sky and of travel, yet I find the narrative herein accomplishes little in the way of enlightenment in either are. Also, as with most audio books, the author should allow professional narrator to do the reading. I went into this book with great expectations, but now, after 3 extremely tedious hours, I'm going to have to give up!
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