Book Review: The Extinction Beat

ENDANGERED: Biodiversity on the Brink by Mitch Tobin (Fulcrum)

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Endangered opens with a statement about the United States’ “rich array of animal life” made by a famous green-minded politician—President Richard Nixon. It was he who signed the Endangered Species Act (ESA) into law, and from this moment on, little in Mitch Tobin’s deeply reported book about the landmark legislation is pat or predictable. Some ranchers cooperate to help save endangered wolves. Some environmentalists stretch the truth, and the ESA, to suit their agenda. And Tricky Dick comes off as a conservative who in this case lived up to the “conserve” part of the term.

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