Engagingly written, with both learning and humor, Fish bridges the gap between purely pictorial books and scholarly texts, and provides a succinct summary of fish biology and conservation for students and fish enthusiasts.
Broad (international development, American Univ.) and Cavanagh, a policy analyst, have produced a book that combines the close observations and engaging style of a good travel narrative with an analysis grounded in a deep knowledge of the Philippines. Their work gives voice to that country's poor people as they seek to reclaim the natural resources that have been exploited by a small national elite and multinational businesses and to partake in the decision about the future use of those resources. Few books chronicle the struggles of common citizens to protect the environment that supports their livelihood. This one does so extremely well and is recommended to both public and academic libraries.-- Bill Rau, Takoma Park, Md.