As the title implies, this is not a book focusing on ornithology and thus why should it be included among the books reviewed in the WJO? The reason is that the author, Michael J. Bean, is a noted scholar and writer who has a long involvement with the Environmental Defense Fund and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where he served as assistant secretary in the Obama administration. He is a widely published scholar of environmental law and has been much involved with crafting and recrafting the Endangered Species Act. In this brief but information-filled book, Bean traces the history of the Endangered Species Act and his role in that history. The essays, many of which have been previously published, delve deeply into the legal rationale as well as the multiple challenges and political machinations that have characterized how the law took shape, is enforced, and continues to evolve.

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