After the Grizzly: Endangered Species and the Politics of Place in California

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"After the Grizzly is a powerful and interesting book that will become an essential text for anyone wishing to understand endangered species protection in California."--Joe Roman, author of Listed: Dispatches from America’s Endangered Species Act

"This book is a tour de force. It's one of the most important contributions to North American wildlife history in the past fifty years. Alagona advances scholarship and challenges received wisdom in a number of fields."--Robert Wilson,...

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Overview


"After the Grizzly is a powerful and interesting book that will become an essential text for anyone wishing to understand endangered species protection in California."--Joe Roman, author of Listed: Dispatches from America’s Endangered Species Act

"This book is a tour de force. It's one of the most important contributions to North American wildlife history in the past fifty years. Alagona advances scholarship and challenges received wisdom in a number of fields."--Robert Wilson, author of Seeking Refuge: Birds and Landscapes of the Pacific Flyway

"In this important book, Peter Alagona questions–carefully, respectfully, and persuasively–the current conviction that habitat protection is the key to protecting wildlife. His case is as compelling as it will be controversial." --Richard White, author of Railroaded and The Organic Machine

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Editorial Reviews

Foreword

“The [author is] passionate about preserving the diversity and richness of the natural world and attuned to the complexities of related issues. Throughout, [this book teaches] us much about what we need to be doing—and why it is vitally important to care.”
Smithsonian Magazine - Matt Kettmann

"On the landmark species-saving law’s 40th anniversary, environmental historian Peter Alagona explains why it doesn’t quite work, and offers a path toward recovery."
Santa Barbara News-Press

"Shows how a political system was designed around [four endangered species] to speak about broader issues of place."
Science - Stephen Redpath

"Alagona adroitly documents the roles that historical contingency and a few influential, passionate people can play in shaping the mixed fortunes of endangered species."
Biological Conservation - Joel Heinen

"This well written and timely volume...is a must-read for students and researchers of natural resources law and policy..."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520275065
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 559,522
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author


Peter S. Alagona is Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford and Beagle Environmental Fellow at Harvard and previously worked as a national park ranger and as a consulting ecologist. Since 2009, he has been an Associate Editor for the MIT Press series Histories for a Sustainable Future.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. The Land of the Bears
2. A New Movement
3. The Official Landscape
4. The Laws of Nature
5. The California Condor: From Controversy to Consensus
6. The Mojave Desert Tortoise: Ambassador for the Outback
7. The San Joaquin Kit Fox: Vixen of the Valley
8.The Delta Smelt: Water Politics by Another Name
Epilogue

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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