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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (4 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030012693X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300126938
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 605,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'the first ever summary of the country's rich natural history... It is beautifully written and illustrated, combining expert scientific knowledge with an obvious love of Vietnam's diverse biota that should please both scientist and popular reader alike.' New Scientist 'This book brings the thrill of discovery to a wider audience... Clearly and comprehensively written by three biologists, each bringing a lifetime's experience of the country, it provides the kind of background you often wish that field guides carried, but which their space prohibits. It provides a fascinating and informative introduction to a region long overlooked by biologists and ecotourists alike. With the treatment of wildlife and plants divided into regional sections, and separate chapters on conservation and Vietnam's 52 different ethnic peoples, plus fine overviews of the history of the land and its biota, this lovely book should entice many to travel to this wonderful country.' Adrian Barnett, BBC Wildlife Magazine 'the first comprehensive account of Vietnam's natural history written in English' Jessie King, The Independent"

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Eleanor Jane Sterling is director and Martha Maud Hurley and Le Duc Minh are biodiversity scientists at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History. Joyce A. Powzyk is visiting assistant professor of biology at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.

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By Gruffalo on 30 July 2014
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Exceedingly knowledgeable. This would benefit from more pictures, but is well written, in depth and interesting.
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Wonderful explanation of species diversity 1 July 2008
By J. S. Pompy - Published on
Format: Paperback
Authors clearly have a wonderful understanding of the science that explains continent formation, species dispersion, and Vietnam's diverse environment. Recommended read for any naturalist or scientist who plans to visit Vietnam and wants a quick but accurate overview that explains the origins of Vietnam's environment as it exists today. Read it! You will understand what you see! I have visited Vietnam 12 times and have been everywhere north to south, but I learned more of the country's origins from reading this book than in all my wonderful adventures. My thanks to the authors for the love of Vietnam reflected in this book.
Thorough Investigation of Wildlife of Vietnam 16 Dec. 2012
By 'The Invisible Man' - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When people (especially Americans) hear 'Vietnam', images of the Vietnam War- images of horror, destruction, &grief flood their mind(if one is old enough to remember & care).
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......
Highly recommended......
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Disappointed 26 Oct. 2008
By Walter Smith - Published on
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While this book gives a good deal of information on the reginal animal and plant life, it is lacking the human history. How did this country come to be?
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