Peter S. Alagona is Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford and Beagle Environmental Fellow at Harvard and previously worked as a national park ranger and as a consulting ecologist. Since 2009, he has been an Associate Editor for the MIT Press series Histories for a Sustainable Future.
"On the landmark species-saving law’s 40th anniversary, environmental historian Peter Alagona explains why it doesn’t quite work, and offers a path toward recovery." - Smithsonian Magazine
"This book can improve understanding of sustainability because it reminds us of the complex and interdependent nature of sustainability challenges." - Conservation Biology
"Shows how a political system was designed around [four endangered species] to speak about broader issues of place." - Santa Barbara News-Press
"Unquestionably one of the best books about endangered species in the United States ever written . . . Richly detailed - AAG Review of Books
empirical research, compelling contemporary relevance, and arresting stories rendered in eloquent prose . . . a
major and much needed contribution."
"Alagona adroitly documents the roles that historical contingency and a few influential, passionate people can play in shaping the mixed fortunes of endangered species."
“[Alagona] is passionate about preserving the diversity and richness of the natural world and attuned to the complexities of related issues. Throughout, [this book teaches] us much about what we need to be doing—and why it is vitally important to care.” - Foreword
"[Alagona] rightly argues that we need a larger vision that more forthrightly acknowledges human action within a greater biotic community." - American Historical Review
"This well written and timely volume...is a must-read for students and researchers of natural resources law and policy..." - Biological Conservation