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How will humans interact with the world when the population reaches ten billion?  In The Wizard and The Prophet, Charles Mann outlines two opposing ideologies for how civilization may choose to approach the earth's environment in the face of population growth.  

Mann explains how two groups have emerged on how to cope with the management of earth's resources: Prophets and Wizards.  Prophets follow the beliefs of William Vogt, one of the world's first environmentalists who believed that in using more than our planet has to give, our prosperity will lead us to ruin.  Wizards heed the mantra of Norman Borlaug, the famous agronomist who believed humans could wrangle the world in service to our species to produce modern high-yield crops. 

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.