Bob Devine, Author, Robert S. Devine, Author National Geographic Society $24 (288p) ISBN 978-0-7922-7372-1
Beginning in the glossy Kennedy era, Thomas Y. Canby traveled the world, creating texts that could stand up to his magazine's famously arresting images. From Botswana to the Bering Sea: My Thirty Years with National Geographic is a memoir written with a journalist's flair, a trained eye for detail and a determination to get the story right, whether remembering the author's global trackings of rats or his probings of the causes and horrific human toll of African famine. Photos and maps, not seen by PW. (Island/Shearwater, $24.95 288p 1-55963-517-7) ""It's the invasive ones we have to watch out for, the ones that proliferate out of control, degrade our ecosystems, make us ill, and devour our crops."" Not all imported flora and fauna are dangerous, but in Alien Invasion: America's Battle with Non-Native Animals and Plants, veteran nature writer Robert S. Devine shows us how insidious they can be, from viruses that repeatedly destroy papaya crops to the sea lamprey, which ""kills other fish by clamping on with its big, vampire mouth."" Devine also explains what's being done to combat these alien menaces. (National Geographic, $24 288p ISBN 0-7922-7372-9)
Reviewed on: 06/01/1998
Release date: 06/01/1998
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