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Gaughen, Shasta, ed. Endangered Species.

GAUGHEN, Shasta, ed. Endangered species. (Contemporary Issues Companion.) Greenhaven. 154p. bibliog. index. c2005. 0-7377-2455-2. $23.70 (20% discount for schools & libraries). SA

This series provides anthologies of essays that examine social issues from various viewpoints. Introductions discuss the controversies involved, and each essay begins with information on the author and a brief summary of its content. An annotated list of organizations to contact is included at the end of the book.

In this volume, the essays are organized under four main topics: the path to extinction, with articles on whether humans are primarily responsible and whether species can recover; the impact of the Endangered Species Act, with articles both pro and con, some treating the scientific battle over the Klamath River; problems with endangered species conservation, such as whether parasitic species should be saved; and the fight to save endangered species, such as spectacled bears in Peru, ocelots in south Texas, and the return of the California condor.

The authors range from journalists to biologists; the articles were originally published in magazines ranging from Science to National Wildlife to UNESCO Courier over the last few years. This is a great resource for student researchers, and useful both for science and social studies classes. Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT
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