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The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions

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michaelzuzel, August 9, 2012 (view all comments by michaelzuzel)
David Quammen is America's greatest nature writer, and "Song of the Dodo" is his masterpiece. More than simply reporting on the cutting-edge discoveries by ecologists around the world, Quammen synthesizes their findings into a sweeping -- and chilling -- conclusion: We are quickly carving our planet's natural life-support system into tiny islands, too small and so lacking in biological diversity that they are destined to fail -- and with them, us. A brilliant and essential book.
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Jo Marshall - Twig Stories, June 5, 2012 (view all comments by Jo Marshall - Twig Stories)
After reading 'The Flight of the Iguana' by David Quammen, I had no qualms about undertaking another amazing journey, 'The Song of the Dodo' even though I had no clue at the time what island biogeography was, and only an elementary concept of extinction. This book could actually have had many titles that would have been equally mysterious to an environmental layman like me: 'The History of Biogeography and What That Actually Is' or 'Great Men With Controversial Theories of Biodiversity, and Other Such Stuff' or 'The Inevitable Spiral Toward Species Extinction - And That Includes All Species' or even 'How We Came to Value Modern Conservation Science or Something Like That.' But I began reading Quammen's story anyway because I knew from his earlier book that he was incredibly informative in a casual, "favorite professor" sort of way. Meaning that just when your comprehension starts to fail, he speaks directly to you from his narrative, and snaps you back onto a level playing field of enlightenment. I read it because I knew Quammen would teach me something important that I would remember, and that his topics always matter. I call this a story, because it reads like one. It begins simply, and ends the same way. In between, all the historical facts, scientific theories, and personality studies come to actually mean something in today's world, and will to anyone who reads this book. And I guarantee that you will cry because you've never heard the song of the dodo, and cry, too, because Quammen helped you hear those of the indri and the cenderawasih.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684827124
Author:
Quammen, David
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Author:
Quammen, David
Subject:
General
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Endangered species
Subject:
Biogeography
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Nature Studies-General
Subject:
island biogeography; biogeography; David Quammen; Song of the Dodo; extinction; naturalist; ecology; origin of the species; global warming; climate change; darwin; helen bernstein award; spillover; robert kangel; natural selection; science writing; rainfo
Subject:
island biogeography; biogeography; David Quammen; Song of the Dodo; extinction; naturalist; ecology; origin of the species; global warming; climate change; darwin; helen bernstein award; spillover; robert kangel; natural selection; science writing; rainfo
Subject:
island biogeography; biogeography; David Quammen; Song of the Dodo; extinction; naturalist; ecology; origin of the species; global warming; climate change; darwin; helen bernstein award; spillover; robert kangel; natural selection; science writing; rainfo
Subject:
island biogeography; biogeography; David Quammen; Song of the Dodo; extinction; naturalist; ecology; origin of the species; global warming; climate change; darwin; helen bernstein award; spillover; robert kangel; natural selection; science writing; rainfo
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
April 1997
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Maps
Pages:
704
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 25.83 oz

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Product details 704 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9780684827124 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , David Quammen's book, The Song of the Dodo, is a

brilliant, stirring work, breathtaking in its scope,

far-reaching in its message — a crucial book in

precarious times, which radically alters the way in

which we understand the natural world and our place

in that world. It's also a book full of entertainment

and wonders.

In The Song of the Dodo, we follow Quammen's keen

intellect through the ideas, theories, and experiments

of prominent naturalists of the last two centuries.

We trail after him as he travels the world,

tracking the subject of island biogeography, which

encompasses nothing less than the study of the origin

and extinction of all species. Why is this island

idea so important? Because islands are where

species most commonly go extinct — and because, as

Quammen points out, we live in an age when all of

Earth's landscapes are being chopped into island-like

fragments by human activity.

Through his eyes, we glimpse the nature of evolution

and extinction, and in so doing come to understand

the monumental diversity of our planet, and

the importance of preserving its wild landscapes,

animals, and plants. We also meet some fascinating

human characters. By the book's end we are wiser,

and more deeply concerned, but Quammen

leaves us with a message of excitement and hope.

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