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The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

David Quammen
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14. April 1997
David Quammen's book, The Song of the Dodo, is a brilliant, stirring work, breathtaking in its scope, far-reaching in its message -- a crucial book in precarious times, which radically alters the way in which we understand the natural world and our place in that world. It's also a book full of entertainment and wonders.
In The Song of the Dodo, we follow Quammen's keen intellect through the ideas, theories, and experiments of prominent naturalists of the last two centuries. We trail after him as he travels the world, tracking the subject of island biogeography, which encompasses nothing less than the study of the origin and extinction of all species. Why is this island idea so important? Because islands are where species most commonly go extinct -- and because, as Quammen points out, we live in an age when all of Earth's landscapes are being chopped into island-like fragments by human activity.
Through his eyes, we glimpse the nature of evolution and extinction, and in so doing come to understand the monumental diversity of our planet, and the importance of preserving its wild landscapes, animals, and plants. We also meet some fascinating human characters. By the book's end we are wiser, and more deeply concerned, but Quammen leaves us with a message of excitement and hope.

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In a wonderful weave of science, metaphor, and prose, David Quammen, author of The Flight of the Iguana, applies the lessons of island biogeography - the study of the distribution of species on islands and islandlike patches of landscape - to modern ecosystem decay, offering us insight into the origin and extinction of species, our relationship to nature, and the future of our world. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


"Not only is this book compulsively readable - a masterpiece - it is maybe the masterpiece of science journalism" (Bill Mckibben Audobon Magazine)

"A moving book... Quammen is a good writer who has taken the time to master an important subject and do it justice" (Richard Dawkins The Times)

"Not since Gerald Durrell's books 30 years ago have I encountered such writing about the natural world. The witty, pithy, modest prose and the clever interweaving of science and storytelling are of a quality unrivalled in th field" (Matt Ridley Sunday Telegraph)

"Impressive and deeply moving...blends first-rate science journalism with superb travel and nature writing" (Financial Times)

"David Quammen is a brilliant young star of nature writing... His book is an important example of the genre, written in an enchanting style. His knowledge, based on years of research and adventure around the world, is truly impressive" (Edward O. Wilson, author of 'The Diversity of Life') -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Compelling natural history 19. September 2000
Von Ein Kunde
Compelling and fascinating book on island biogeography and biogeography in general. Another major theme is the decline in biodiversity on our planet. Good discussion on evolution as it relates to this subject, and the coverage on E.O. Wilson's ideas, who wrote the classic work in the area, is also excellent. Quammen visited many of the areas he writes about, for example, Madagascar, where he documents the tragic decline and loss of lemur and prosimian species through the erosion and destruction of the rainforest, and the effects of over-population. As I read this chapter I recalled another poignant observation about the beleaguered island--that space shuttle astronauts could actually see the red soil of Madagascar bleeding into the Indian Ocean from orbit--an appropos if somewhat morbid image for the greater ecological hemorrhaging of our own planet.
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Dodo is not for Dodos. Quammen is supurb. 2. Juni 1997

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Spring 1997. An active volcano on the Caribbean island of Montserrat forced thousands to flee the island. Britain is gripped by the worst drought in two centuries. The koala population in Australia is exploding. Brooklyn's trees are being eaten by the Asian long-horned beetle. If you see no relationship among these events, read David Quammen's superb book, "The Song of the Dodo," and learn about island biogeography, "the study of the facts and patterns of species distribution."

When most people look at animals they only see the animals--tigers, tortoises, hornbills, rhinos and so on. They never ask why an animal is the way it is or how it got that way; where it came from and what it is like. Few wonder why animals are where they are and why they're not where they're not. Quammen does, so he takes readers on an intriguing and fascinating tour of island biogeography that relates the history of famous early biologists from Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace and Joseph Hooker to biogeographers of today like Michael Soulé and Edward O. Wilson.

Quammen's bibliography is 23 pages of references in very tiny type. Fortunately, despite years spent researching Dodo, Quammen wasn't content to spend all his time reading dry academic papers and obscure texts. Instead he broke out his hiking boots and retraced the steps of some of these explorers. He describes his personal experiences colorfully with analogies, anecdotes and descriptions. If you've been to some of the places he describes, you feel like you ought to go back to see through opened eyes. If you haven't been there, you feel like you ought to go--with Quammen's book in your backpack. Here's his description of Komodo dragons being fed a goat carcass by rangers on Komodo Island in Indonesia.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Eine Klasse für sich 29. März 2014
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Das Erstwerk von David Quammen (inzwischen mehrfachst ausgezeichnet, regelmäßig auch im National Geographic zu finden) ist sozusagen "Pflichtlektüre" für biologisch/evolutiv Interessierte. Auch Profis des Themas finden im exzellent geschriebenen Werk sicherlich neue Quellenangaben für weitere Literatur...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An important book about an important subject 27. Juli 2000
Don't let the topic or size deter you. Quammen writes effortlessly and effectively how man, through habitat destruction, is causing, and it will only escalate, extintions at a rate not been since the dinosaurs disappeared. Instead of a comet in the case of the dinosaurs, it's us and our destructive ways. He holds out hope we can stop it before it gets any worse. I hope he's right, but I doubt it. Great book, great writer.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen superb 6. Juli 2000
"the song of the dodo" is a wonderful book for anyone interested in animals, biogeography and nature conservation. it is scientifically accurate, easy to read, well arranged and very, very informative. it covers both the zoology and the zoological research, and covers the key figures, as well as the well known (and some less well known) case studies in the field. this book is interesting, well written, mind opening and important
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Marvellously written, an extremely important subject 22. Februar 2000
David Quammen has the makings of an excellent scientist, but I'm glad that his profession is natural history writing. The Song of the Dodo is a fascinating book in many ways. The author presents scientific ideas and scientific personae in a very clear and understandable way and at the same time takes the reader on many enjoyable adventures around the world. The story of the development of the theory of evolution, as seen from the viewpoints of many biologists, is most engagingly told. The book is serious and scientifc, but often also quite funny. The loss of biological diversity on the planet has very serious consequences for the ecological integrity of our planet, yet the book, in discussing the implications of our "age of extinction," is uplifting at the same time. I wish that everyone could appreciate the seriousness of this biological crisis--Mr. Quammen has made an excellent effort to present this subject to the interested reader. It's a wonderful book and I intend to recommend it to everyone!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic- funny and painstakingly informative 14. Februar 2000
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As a reader of OUTSIDE MAGAZINE, I knew Mr. Quammen's writing style and knew he brings a humourous style to the table. Such a seemingly ponderous subject might have weighed down many authors, but this book comes off as equally scholarly and funny. A+.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Complexe Biological Issues are made accessable
This book was great! I made some very complexe issues accessable and even interesting. It is a must for anyone who is concerned about speices extinction. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 15. Januar 2000 von Ryan Singer
4.0 von 5 Sternen It's Very Long
Part travelogue, part treatise on island biogeography, part portraits of a dozen prominent biologists, part diatribe against loss of wilderness, "The Song of the Dodo" is... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 10. Januar 2000 von Robert Carlberg
3.0 von 5 Sternen Not gripping, yet interesting
Granted I rarely read non-fiction, I found this book rather boring and only struggled to read it because I am utterly interested in the subject matter. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 5. Dezember 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Even better than Wild Thoughts from Wild Places!
I was sceptical going into this book that Quammen wouldn't hold my attention long enough.. I thought "can there really be that much information about island biogeography that... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Oktober 1999 von Amazon Customer
5.0 von 5 Sternen A career changing book...
This is one of those books that, picked up on a whim, grabs you by the ears and swings you around to look at the world in a completely different way. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 5. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Months later I still think about Dodo
It has been 5 months since I finished reading Quammen's book and I mourn the dodo and the ending of this book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 30. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen I guess it wasn't for me.
Usually I'm a nonfiction junkie, but I have to say that this book lost me. I read halfway through before finally giving up. I didn't find the writing style to be very engaging.
Am 7. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
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