Charles Bergman, 325 pages, softcover: $21.95. University of Illinois Press, 2003.
Biologists know that human activities are causing thousands of species to go extinct. According to Bergman, our attitudes contribute to extinction just as much as our automobiles do. By imagining animals as separate from us, as something that we must control and dominate, we treat them not as neighbors but as aliens. Bergman describes up-close experiences with endangered creatures ranging from black-footed ferrets to California condors, and in the process helps renew our commitment to saving them.