Vietnam: A Natural History Hardcover – Jun 11 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. This single volume presents the entire geograpy, geology, and natural history of Vietnam in lively, accessible language, making it the perfect companion for any visitor to Vietnam, with excellent and thorough information on the incredibly rich natural resources of the country, covering everything from orchids to monkeys. Species descriptions, of both flora and fauna, are well-written and engaging, and followed by short sections indicating where to find them. The accompanying illustrations are good, but too few; often many words are used to describe an animal, where a good picture would do a better and more useful job. The authors give an overview of conservation and environmental history that brings to bear the political legacy of the country. . The diversity and fragility of Vietnam's natural history is stunning, and this book does an admirable job of celebrating that wealth, while clearly delineating what threatens it, including unexploded mines and poachers. For nature lovers travelling to Vietnam, this guide is a must-have.
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This superb Natural History of this country, carpet bombed; still reaking of cordite, napalm,
and 'Angent Orange', goes where none have gone before to set out catalouging the richness
of flaura and fauna that somehow survived thirty plus years of war and a population explosion. (Before it all disappears forever).
This is not some 'dry' academic treatise, but instead an extremely readable inventory of Vietnamese wildlife before it's gone......