250 pages, 65 illus
When first published in 1986, this book was an early and authoritative statement on biodiversity and species loss. Five out of the six original essays have been updated to incorporate new information and perspectives, and a new chapter by Norman Myers on whales has been added. Required reading.
Contents: Why the Ark is Sinking, Les Kaufman. Mass Extinctions: New Answers, New Questions, David Jablonski. The Amazon: Paradise Lost? Ghillean Prance. Vanishing Species in Our Own Backyard, James D Williams, Ronald M Nowak. Riders of the Last Ark, Thomas J Foose. Sharing the Earth with Whales, Norman Myers. Life in the Next Millennium - Who Will be Left in the Earth's Community? David Ehrenfeld.
The essays are united by the authors' passionate commitment to preserving the natural diversity, both genetic and esthetic, of the earth's myriad plant and animal species. As this book demonstrates ... when we kill these other species, either directly or by destroying their habitats, we kill a bit of ourselves. --Dorion Sagan, The New York Times Book Review (review of the first edition)
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