The End of Night by Paul Bogard
Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light

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"The End of Night" delivers a forceful, if incomplete, critique of our overexposed world. We can only hope that night maintains its reign—even though the stars, those we yet spot, portend otherwise.
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The "terrific ... moving, poetic, immersive, multifaceted, and thought-provoking" book (Publishers Weekly) that will open your eyes to the night.

A brilliantly starry night is one of nature's most thrilling wonders. Yet in our world of nights as bright as day, most of us no longer experience true darkness. Eight out of ten Americans born today won't ever live where they can see the Milky Way. And exposure to artificial light at night has been cited as a factor in health concerns ranging from poor sleep to cancer.

In his gorgeous debut, THE END OF NIGHT, Paul Bogard travels the globe to find the night, blending personal narrative, natural history, health, science, and folklore to shed light on darkness. Showing exactly what we've lost, what we have left, and what we might hope to regain, he attempts nothing less than a restoration of how we see the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky.
 

About Paul Bogard

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Paul Bogard teaches creative nonfiction at James Madison University. He is the editor of the anthology Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark.
 
Published July 9, 2013 by Little, Brown and Company. 330 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Apr 21 2013

An engaging blend of personal story, hard science and a bit of history.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Salley Vickers on Jul 13 2013

Bogard gamely exposes himself to the dismal conditions of night workers, which brings vividness and a certain authority to his account.

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Above average
Reviewed by A. Roger Ekirch on Jul 26 2013

"The End of Night" delivers a forceful, if incomplete, critique of our overexposed world. We can only hope that night maintains its reign—even though the stars, those we yet spot, portend otherwise.

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