Andrew Blackwell spent six months in India visiting the well-known and beautiful sites, but was really taken in by the city Kanpur which was not listed in any of his guidebooks and was called India’s most polluted city. This led him to want to visit some of the worst, instead of the best, places in the world: from Chernobyl, the site of a nuclear reactor meltdown in the 1980s, to oil fields in Canada and Texas.
I don’t think any of these places would be on my list of places to go but after reading Andrew Blackwell’s book I don’t have to. He has described these places so well and with humor that it feels like I’ve been there. A light look at some of the serious questions about our impact on the environment.