Nature's Ghosts: Confronting Extinction from the Age of Jefferson to the Age of Ecology
The rapid growth of the American environmental movement in recent decades obscures the fact that long before the first Earth Day and the passage of the Endangered Species Act, naturalists and concerned citizens recognized—and worried about—the problem of human-caused extinction.
As Mark V. Barrow reveals in Nature’s Ghosts, the threat of species loss has haunted American
Essentially this book chronologically lays out the study of natural history from the earliest European hobbyists and some native cultures to the environmental movement in the 1970s. It only talks briefly about what is being done now.
There are a lot of names, old dead people, and moldy studies on extinct animals, but it is interesting to see the progression and change of attitudes through t...more
His history of the political machinations behind various conservation movements,...more