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Against Extinction: The Story of Conservation

"One of the pleasures of this book is Adams' explanation of the complex intertwining over the past century of the concepts of sustainable use, hunting and wildlife preservation. Some concepts, such as biodiversity and sustainable development, are recent additions; others have shifted in and out of fashion … One of the great hopes for conservation in the future is [the] need to look at issues through others' eyes. Just as ecologists now need to be able to perform quantitative analyses, so recently trained conservationists cannot get by without learning social science. This book is a major contribution towards opening conservationists' eyes to another world of historical and cultural understanding, which I welcome wholeheartedly."

Link to full book review in Nature

Reference: Nature 429, 346 (2004)