This book is an absolute must read. You really do not have a choice. Written by "that" Douglas Adams, with considerable input from Mark, this book will change the way you think - if you can think at all.
Adams' style is recognisable throughout to those who read his fiction, but his humour does not detract in any way from the serious message. That it not to say that you are presented with a lecture. Adams relates the story of his travels with Mark Carwadine to visit some of the world's rarest creatures, in a way that enables all of us to gain an insight into the precarious state of some of our world's inhabitants.
The title of the book is all too descriptive. It is a while since I read the book, and my hope is that all the animals and birds featured are still around. Certainly, unless action is taken, some of these creatures will struggle to see out the next 5 years, never mind the next generation. For those who do not appreciate just how rare some of these creatures are - we are talking very small numbers (less than 20 in many cases). The upside is that many of the animals in the book are receiving attention - the downside, as often, is maybe too little too late. And of course, there are all the others...
Enough of my ranting. This book is a really good read, and can be taken in one sitting if you are that way inclined. It is laugh-out-loud funny, yet the subject matter means it has more than its fair share of poignancy. It is an eye-opener, even to those of us who think our eyes are already open!
Essential reading for everyone, most will learn things they never envisaged, or perhaps did not want to believe, and many I am sure, will change their ways to the benefit of the whole world and all its creatures - ourselves included.