BIODIVERSITY edited by E.O. Wilson, (Washington, D.C.: National, Academy Press, 1988.,
400 pp., $32.50 cloth, $19.50 paper)
The proceedings of a meeting sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academy of Sciences in which leading scientists talked about their specialities, including ethics, conservation, the uses of wild organisms, extinction, and other topics.
SAVING THE TROPICAL FORESTS
by Judith Gradwohl and Russell Greenberg,
(Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 1988. 207 pp., $24.95)
A useful source book for thinking about the causes and effects of tropical deforestation, with many splendidly developed case studies, a number of examples of sustainable agriculture and forestry, and a fascinating section on the restoration of tropical rain forests.
THE PRIMARY SOURCE
by Norman Myers, (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1985. 416 pp., $9.70 paper)
A well-written analysis by one of Britain's leading conservationists of what's going on in the tropical forests - an eloquent presentation of the basic facts and their implications.
IN THE RAIN FOREST
by Catherine Caufield,
(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986. 306 pp., 11.95 paper)
A beautifully written personal account (it began as a series of articles in The New Yorker) of the way rain forests really are, using well-chosen examples to explore the meaning of those forests to people who live in them and to the rest of us.