Nature's Ghosts. Confronting Extinction from the Age of Jefferson to the Age of Ecology. Barrow, M. V. 2009. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL. 512 pp. $35 (hardcover). ISBN 978-0-226-03814-8.
Extinction has always been a given, but it had to be discovered by humans. Here the American version of this story is told in lucid prose that reminds us of the social dimensions of our conservation work.
Animales Exóticos en México: una Amenaza para la Biodiversidad.Álvarez-Romero, J. G., R. A. Medellín, A. Oliveras de Ita, H. Gómez de Silva, and O. Sánchez. 2008. Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, Instituto de Ecología, UNAM, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, México, D.F. 518 pp. $160 (paperback). ISBN 978-970-9000-46-7.
Camels, zebras, and peacocks are just a few of the many exotic species featured in this encyclopedic compendium of the birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles released in the already extraordinarily diverse country of Mexico.
War and Nature. The Environmental Consequences of War in a Globalized World. Brauer, J. 2009. AltaMira Press, Lanham, MD. 252 pp. $70 (hardcover). ISBN 978-0-7591-1206-3.
In times of war such as these, it is important to have a thoughtful analysis of the impacts of recent wars and conflicts on nature with suggestions on how to alleviate these effects.
East of the Cape. Conserving Eden. Cowling, R., and S. Pierce. 2009. Fernwood Press, Simon's Town, South Africa. 168 pp. $36.88 (hardcover). ISBN 978-1-874950-84-4.
A beautiful book about an extraordinary place at the tip of Africa where modern humans may have evolved, seven biomes interdigitate, biological and cultural richness abound and that has been a cradle of conservation innovations pioneered by the authors.