Birdbooker Report 309
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. This week's titles include; Darwin's On the Origin of Species: A Modern Rendition; Animals of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area & Birds of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.
~ Arnold Lobel [1933-1987] author of many popular children's books.
Compiled by Ian "Birdbooker" Paulsen, the Birdbooker Report is a weekly report that has been published online for years, listing the wide variety of nature, natural history, ecology, animal behaviour, science and history books that have been newly released or republished in North America and in the UK. The books listed here were received by Ian during the previous week, courtesy of various publishing houses.
New and Recent Titles:
- Duzdevich, Daniel. Darwin's On the Origin of Species: A Modern Rendition. 2014. Indiana University Press. Paperback: 313 pages. Price: $30.00 U.S. [Amazon UK; Amazon US].
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Charles Darwin’s most famous book On the Origin of Species is without question, one of the most important books ever written. While even the grandest works of Victorian English can prove difficult to modern readers, Darwin wrote his text in haste and under intense pressure. For an era in which Darwin is more talked about than read, Daniel Duzdevich offers a clear, modern English rendering of Darwin’s first edition. Neither an abridgement nor a summary, this version might best be described as a “translation” for contemporary English readers. A monument to reasoned insight, the Origin illustrates the value of extensive reflection, carefully gathered evidence, and sound scientific reasoning. By removing the linguistic barriers to understanding and appreciating the Origin, this edition aims to bring 21st-century readers into closer contact with Darwin’s revolutionary ideas.
IAN'S RECOMMENDATION: Anyone with an interest in evolution should read this book.
- Kennedy, Adam Scott and Vicki Kennedy. Animals of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. 2014. Princeton University Press. Paperback: 152 pages. Price: $27.95 U.S. [Amazon UK; Amazon US]
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Containing 146 stunning color photos, Animals of the Serengeti is a remarkable book that covers the mammals and reptiles most likely to be encountered in the world-famous Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which includes the amazing Ngorongoro Crater. With an eye-catching design, accessible text, and easy-to-use format, this detailed photographic guide features 89 species of mammal and reptile. Useful "Top Tips" -- shared by local Tanzanian guides who work in the region--provide visitors with insights into behavioral habits and help to locate specific animals. Filled with vivid anecdotes, Animals of the Serengeti will enable any safari traveler to identify the mammals and reptiles of the area with ease. This book features:
- Covers the 89 species most likely to be encountered in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area
- Fascinating insights into behavior and ecology
- Accessible text aimed at safari visitors of all levels
- Birds of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. 2014. Princeton University Press. Paperback: 224 pages. Price: $27.95 U.S. [Amazon UK; Amazon US].
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Located in northern Tanzania, the Serengeti is one of the most famous areas for wildlife in the world. Birds of the Serengeti is a groundbreaking and essential photographic guide, featuring more than 270 bird species--those most likely to be encountered in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This easy-to-use guide contains over 480 dazzling color photos, has an attractive design, and includes accessible text that provides interesting information about the ecology and behaviors of each species. Rich in detail, this indispensable book follows a habitat-based approach, making it simple for everyone -- from the novice to experienced birdwatcher -- to put a name quickly to the birds they see in this fascinating part of the world. This book features:
- Covers more than 270 bird species most likely to be encountered in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Lake Victoria's Speke Gulf
- Highlights the major plumage variations of each species
- Adopts a habitat-based approach
- Contains informative and accessible text
IAN'S RECOMMENDATION: Two good general introductions to the wildlife of the region.
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Ian "Birdbooker" Paulsen is an avid book collector who is especially well-known to the publishing world. Ian collects newly-published books about nature, animals and birds, science, and history, and he also collects children's books on these topics. Ian writes brief synopses about these books on his website, The Birdbooker Report.