Peter S. Alagona is Associate Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was previously a Bill Lane Fellow at Stanford and Beagle Environmental Fellow at Harvard and has worked as a national park ranger and a consulting ecologist.
"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
"Alagona adroitly documents the roles that historical contingency and a few influential, passionate people can play in shaping the mixed fortunes of endangered species."
"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."
"Shows how a political system was designed around [four endangered species] to speak about broader issues of place." - Santa Barbara News-Press
“[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