Excellent. As Newman points out, "It may seem strange, if not impossible, to write a history of something that hasn't happened yet." But she goes on to do just that. Turns out people have been predicting the end of the world with great glee for a very long time, in what seems like every culture all over the world. A great book to give anyone whose theme song seems to be, "No, really -- this *has* to be it! Game over, man! Stick a fork in the human race -- we're done!" We all know someone like that. And as the old joke has it, if you *don't* know someone like that, you probably *are* someone like that.