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Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution Hardcover – 8 Feb 2010

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company Inc (8 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805078266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805078268
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 3.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 895,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With this book, Fraser does for rewilding what David Quammen did for island biogeography in his seminal "The Song of the Dodo." Fraser uses lucid prose, engaging stories and personal experience to make the ideas accessible and vital to a wide audience. This is no dreary rehearsal of past eco-errors and present concerns. Fraser takes us far beyond San Diego, straight into the lives of African elephants, Australian lizards and a Russian bear that intruded upon the Olympic Games, sitting on the sidewalk while languidly consuming a young girl's pet rabbit. 'We are so close, ' Fraser says, and we require just a strong nudge in imagination and social engagement to make the rewilding dream real. With this lovely, necessary book, we step closer to that ideal."--"The Los Angeles Times" "Clear-eyed. . . Fraser pursues [her themes] with sensitivity and realism."--"The New York Review of Books" "A thoughtful examination of rewilding and its discontents. . . an important book."--"The New York Times" "This is a serious book, about a serious subject. . . a crisis more threatening than climate change."--"San Francisco Chronicle" "Methodical, lyrical. . . If ever there was a conservation idea ready to take hold and change awareness, it's rewilding."--"Sacramento News & Review" "A clarion call to save wildlife and the wilderness by 'rewilding.'"--"The Daily Beast" "Readers will come away better informed about the complexity of the ecosystems around us and with an increased awareness of the many factors involved in maintaining natural order and balance. . . This truly is an essential read for conservationists, biologists, and anyone interested in the natural world."--"Library Journal," starred review "A fascinating, little-known story. . ."--"Associated Press" "Makes a convincing case that [rewilding] represents the only realistic strategy for conserving our rapidly diminishing wildlife."--"Kirkus" "Her story of grassroots activism paired with the scientific is environmentally inspirational."--"Publishers Weekly" "Since I spend much of my time trying to head off environmental calamity, this fascinating and lyrical book came as a particularly welcome gift. It shows how scientists and activists are using imagination and research to build a realistic strategy for securing our green and noble heritage for the future. It will help you think big, which is the only way to think about these questions."--Bill McKibben, author of "Eaarth "and "The End of Nature""" "A riveting journal of the astonishing bio-impoverishment of our planet."--Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President of Waterkeeper Alliance and author of "Crimes Against Nature" "Caroline Fraser's "Rewilding the World" is an exciting and wise exploration of a revolution that's reshaping the conservation movement. She's gone all over the world to bring us news from the front lines, and her account is one of essential hope: though it's no guarantee that we can save nature from collapse, she shows that we have a fighting chance. Fraser's account stirred me."--Richard Preston, author of "The Wild Trees" and "The Hot Zone""" "Give them room to roam! Caroline Fraser's smart, passionate manifesto offers hope to the wild world. In an age of overwhelming loss, she shows us how to gain: more bears, more wolves, more biodiversity, more thriving ecosystems, more life. This is an important book about the cutting edge of conservation and how it might save our continent and our selves."--Bruce Barcott, author of "The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw" "Rewilding is less a conservationist's utopian vision than a roadmap for the way we must learn to live on earth. As Caroline Fraser carefully explains, humans will survive only in a world as wild as the one that created us. If you want to live, read this book."--Doug Peacock, author of "The Essential Grizzly" and "Walking It Off"

About the Author

Caroline Fraser's first book, "God's Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church," was selected as a "New York Times Book Review" Notable Book and a "Los Angeles Times Book Review" Best Book. Her work has appeared in "The New Yorker," "The New York Review of Books," and "Outside" magazine, among others. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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This is a beautifully written, intelligent, passionate book that takes both a critical and hopeful look at grassroot efforts around the world to restore the natural habitat for plants and animals. It explains the science in a way a non-scientist can understand and shows how compelling the scientific cases are for rewilding, for restoring the wild. Its key message is that it takes real effort at the ground level to make the kinds of changes that are needed to prevent the catastrophic loss of biodiversity the planet is currently facing. In other words, it is not enough to simply throw money at the problem, although that helps, but it is more important to involve the localpeople. As Saint-Exupery famously says, if you want people to build boats then first teach them to love the sea. I think this is what Fraser is trying to do, she wants to save the planet and to do so she is teaching us to love it. She shows that we should love predators and vermin because without them the ecosystem doesn't work. This truly is one of the most inspiring books I've read in a long time.
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This book gives an up to date account of the new thinking that informs many of the more ambitious and successful attempts to conserve - and restore, one of the aspects that sets 'rewilding' apart from traditional conservation - wilderness around the world. The author describes well the developments that led to the new departures, and why the new approaches are essential if we are to seriously attempt to slow the current rapid rate of biodiversity loss - the Sixth Great Extinction. She also examines diverse examples on the ground, each faced with a varying set of challenges to be overcome, analysing their successes and failures in order to arrive at some general conclusions.

A couple of the chapters in the middle of the book that deal with Africa didn't hold my attention to quite the same extent as the rest, but that is likely just me and my particular interests (forest). Fraser is clearly passionate about her subject and writes with insight and intelligence. Her writing style is for the most part very readable, sometimes exhilarating, and often quite entertaining. As soon as I finished the book I went back to the beginning and am now re-reading it.

If you are really interested in understanding where we are at in terms of the devastation being wreaked on this planet's ecosystems and how that might be turned around, reading this book would be an excellent start.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Used it for a research topic 4 April 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring road map to confronting the looming extinction of species 26 Dec. 2009
By James McGrath Morris - Published on
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If you are worried about the future, you owe Caroline Fraser a thank you. After years and years of research, Fraser has produced a readable, understandable, and comprehensive account of what needs to be done to ward off the looming extinction of thousands of species, from tigers and polar bears to rare flowers, birds, and insects.
Fraser takes you to the front lines of the remarkable "rewilding" movement that aims to save species with innovative ideas such as restoring habitats and reviving migration corridors.
Reading this book leaves one with a feeling of hope.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, a deep-dive, and hopeful 16 Feb. 2010
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Fraser offers a well-researched account of efforts to invigorate wildlife populations around the world. I found the book to be an interesting explanation of the importance of biodiversity and an exploration of the complexities and difficulties faced in conservation efforts. It is good to see that there is progress being made and we have some hope for the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book! 9 Mar. 2010
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This is a wonderful book, informative and engrossing. I've already read Rewilding twice and I've only owned it for eight weeks!
Johanna O., Albany, Oregon

Great books are meant to be shared and having read this too, I believe it should become a standard work of reference for those interested in the subject of species re-introduction. Fascinating to read that this does not have to depend upon legislators but can be managed by small groups of farmers and villagers. Her detailed examples and analyses are quite riveting.
Michael Waldock, Albany, Oregon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conservation, Migration and Change: Rethinking Biodiversity 16 April 2011
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Rewilding the World by Caroline Fraser is a methodical and lyrical report on global conservation efforts to establish and preserve migratory corridors. Fraser revisits Aldo Leopold's remarkable A Sand County Almanac essay Thinking Like a Mountain, wherein Leopold realizes that killing a predator wolf carries serious implications for the rest of the ecosystem. Fraser traces projects seeded by thought leaders like Michael Soule and Reed Noss in their landmark 1998 Wild Earth article Rewilding and Biodiversity, traveling the globe to witness and report on rewilding projects now underway in North America, Africa, Australia, Asia, Central and South America.

Pivotal to the rewilding concept is the extinction dynamics of top-down regulation by large carnivores, known as the "three C's: Cores, Corridors, and Carnivores." Fraser takes these concepts into the very real world of threatened species and the humans who are at work to save and restore space and species-- grassroots activists like the parataxonomists in Costa Rica and the Australian Gondwana Link project, which is reinvigorating native plants.
Fraser is on time to report on rewilding, an idea globally embraced by conservationists with a plethora of positive action, advanced by Patagonia, with their Freedom to Roam 2007-08 campaign and informed by Dave Foreman's, 2004 book Rewilding North America, A Vision for Conservation in the 21st Century. If ever there was a conservation idea ready to take hold and change awareness, it's rewilding in 2010.

If ever there was a conservation idea ready to take hold and change awareness, it's rewilding.

Bringing disparate work together to paint a vital picture of engaged conservation, Fraser gives the reader a rare glimpse at the broader pattern in a fabric often seen only as a few threads. Part travel narrative, part on-the-ground reporting, and part analysis, Fraser leaves the reader informed and hopeful--an unusual combination in today's ecological state of affairs
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