Get A Grip on Ecologyby David Burnie
OK, ecology - rainforests, pollution, recycled paper, hippies hugging trees, ozone layer, all that stuff. Except that ecology is a far more complex and fascinating subject than a bland list of buzzwords suggests. Investigating all the complicated interactions between living things and their environmental changes. And by the end of Get a Grip on Ecology, you will be a well.
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If you were to pick this book up at Barnes & Noble the first thing you'd probably notice is the use of (recycled) unbleached (kraft) paper; helas it is unclear what sort of inks were used. The volume would seem to 'practice what it preaches' ie; intelligent use of resources. The second thing you'd notice about the B&N edition is the price. The book is quite a bargain, and I've considered picking up another 4 or 5 to give as gifts. Burne has produced a well written work and the content should be accessible to all (young/old, well-informed/clueless). 'Get a Grip on Ecology' seems remarkably fair and balanced (Disclaimer: I definitely have green leanings, as the author would seem to, but he prominently sketches out the positions of skeptics and leaves it to the reader to form their own opinion. ) The 190 pages read more like a magazine than a book, owing in part to the novel manner in which a new topic is presented on every other page. This layout allows for reading cover-to-cover or the occasional perusal. The pages all contain interesting factoids and anecdotes in the margins which relate to the body of the page and make the text that much more enjoyable. May only complaint is that the edition could have used a touch more editing; I noticed a dozen or so and while most of them are inconsequential 2 or 3 are rather egregious. I highly recommend that everyone give this book a try, and then give it to someone else.