The Population Bomb

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Ehrlich, Paul. The Population Bomb, 1968. Cover














Ehrlich, Paul R. The Population Bomb. New York: Buccaneer Books, 1968.

“It has now been forty years since we wrote The Population Bomb (Ehrlich 1968). The book sold some 2 million copies, was translated into many languages, and changed our lives. 

There is not much disagreement about the significance of the volume—whether a person agrees with it or not, The Population Bomb helped launch a worldwide debate that continues today. It introduced millions of people to the fundamental issue of the Earth’s finite capacity to sustain human civilization.

We believe that despite its flaws, the book still provides a useful lens for viewing the environmental, energy, and food crisis of the present time.”

- Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich

(Text from Ehrlich, Paul and Anne H. Ehrlich: “The Population Bomb Revisited”)