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1.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately disappointing, 7 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century (Hardcover)
There is an unpleasant bias hidden in this superficially impressive work that denigrates the work of scientists: despite his protestations the author understands the political establishment and not, it would seem, the science which is neither explained nor evaluated. A marked distaste for the 1960s is apparent in the later section of the book, focussed on John Lilley. The context of the whale research reported in Burnett's book is distorted to make his point: by ignoring the work of scientists and conservationists in the 1970s and subsequent decades his description of the IWC, and the scientists, this book becomes a story of the politics of meat and not nature conservation.
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