Category: Book Review

Review: Richard J. King’s The Devil’s Cormorant

Birders: looking for a good read in the new year? Author Richard J. King delves into the realm of cormorants, and finds a tangled web of human-nature connections.

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Review: Ruth DeFries’ The Big Ratchet

Looking for a great conservation read for the new year? Chief scientist Peter Kareiva reviews Ruth DeFries’ The Big Ratchet.

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Review: Relicts of a Beautiful Sea

What good is a pupfish, anyway? Christopher Norment has spent the time in their pools, and has an answer. A review of his latest book, Relicts of a Beautiful Sea.

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Review: Alan Rabinowitz’s An Indomitable Beast

Why has the jaguar fared better than tigers and lions? How can we conserve these big cats in the face of development and other pressures? A remarkable scientific journey leads to a new look at this elusive creature in Alan Rabinowitz’s An Indomitable Beast.

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Weekend Book Picks: The Sixth Extinction

Looking for a great read? Conservancy scientist offers his book pick: Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction.

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Weekend Book Picks: The Unpersuadables

Looking for a great read this Labor Day weekend? Take a virtual among the “enemies of science” — smart people who believe strange things — with Will Storr’s book The Unpersuadables.

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Great Summer Reads: Paul Sabin’s The Bet

Looking for a good read for the 4th of July weekend? How about a great look at one of conservation’s famous debates? Marty Downs reviews Paul Sabin’s The Bet, an account of the wager between ecologist Paul Ehrlich and economist Julian Simon.

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Great Summer Reads: Roosevelt’s Beast

Looking for a great read this summer? Author Jonathan Adams makes his recommendation, a novel based on Theodore Roosevelt’s legendary (and somewhat disastrous) trip to the “River of Doubt.” A review of Louis Bayard’s Roosevelt’s Beast.

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Review: Cristina Eisenberg’s The Carnivore Way

Can we really expect a growing population to live alongside large predators? Don’t we have a hard enough time with less dangerous critters? Cristina Eisenberg looks at the science, and lays out a blueprint for coexistence between people and predators in her new book, The Carnivore Way.

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Is Natural History Still Relevant for Conservation Science?

As conservation science increasingly draws from sophisticated models and genomics, does natural history still have relevance? Benjamin Kilham, a dyslexic who has made significant contributions to bear research, builds a powerful case for field observation in his book, “Out on a Limb.”

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Cool Green Review: The Drunken Botanist

Raise a glass to the diverse plants behind every glass of beer, wine and bourbon! A New Year’s Eve review of Amy Stewart’s The Drunken Botanist. Enjoy responsibly!

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Tracks and Shadows: The Best Conservation Book in 64 Years?

Conservancy chief scientist Peter Kareiva reviews Harry Greene’s new book Tracks and Shadows, calling it perhaps “the best conservation love poem ever written.”

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Cool Green Review: John Waldman’s Running Silver

John Waldman sees ghosts — migratory fish ghosts, that is. And they’re everywhere. A review of his new book, Running Silver: Restoring Atlantic Rivers and Their Great Fish Migrations.

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Cool Green Review: Spine of the Continent, Imperial Dreams

Welcome to Cool Green Review, our monthly look at notable conservation science books. This month: Mary Ellen Hannibal’s The Spine of the Continent and Tim Gallagher’s Imperial Dreams.

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Book Week: ‘Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty’

Nature Conservancy senior social scientist Craig Leisher reviews “Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty” by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo.

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