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Game Changer: Animal Rights and the Fate of Africa's Wildlife Hardcover – March 30, 2012

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“Martin builds a convincing case. . . . But the real value of Martin’s book is in showing how hard it is to find any conservation strategy that works in the complex reality of today’s Africa. . . . Walking the fine line between unregulated killing and managed hunting will not be easy but, Martin concludes, it may be the only hope for Africa’s wild creatures.”
(Bob Holmes New Scientist 2012-03-03)

“Africa’s wild megafauna are caught in the crossfire between animal-welfare campaigners and conservationists. . . . In this pacy, unsentimental account, Martin . . . points out that measures such as ecotourism and protection for iconic species have backfired dramatically.”
(Nature (2) 2012-02-23)

“The real value of Martin’s book is in showing how hard it is to find any strategy that works in . . . today’s Africa.”
(Bob Holmes New Scientist 2012-03-03)

“Martin’s work incisively probes complexities most wildlife lovers have likely never considered, but urgently need to, before some of their beloved species utterly disappear from the earth.”
(Carl Hays Booklist 2012-02-27)

“A perceptive if partisan examination of a continent-wide controversy over how best to preserve Africa's amazing wildlife heritage.”
(San Francisco Chronicle 2012-06-17)

“This book is a must-read for anyone interested in African wildlife conservation.”
(Diana Rupp Sports Afield Magazine 2012-08-01)

“Highly engaging and colorful in style . . . excitingly displayed evidence.”
(Johannes Siege African Indaba 2012-10-01)

“This book is an important contribution to the debate on wildlife conservation in Africa and needs to be widely read.”
(D. H. M. Cumming IUCN SULInews 2013-03-10)

“A nuanced investigation.”
(Publishers Weekly 2012-01-23)

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"How best to preserve biological diversity and protect endangered species drives the conservation impulse on every continent, but none more so than Africa. In Game Changer Glen Martin plunges bravely into the center of a scalding scientific debate and without sentiment or prejudice reveals and lauds what works on the world's most biodiverse continent, while exposing the destructive romanticism, inchoate philosophy, and outright idiocy that is steering so many contemporary wildlife conservation efforts toward failure."—Mark Dowie, author of Conservation Refugees: The Hundred-Year Conflict Between Global Conservation and Native Peoples

"We are well into a massive global environmental crisis, against which the worldviews and tactics of status quo conservation are manifestly inadequate. Game Changer may well be the most explosively controversial look yet at this tragic state of affairs, viewed through the conflicted topics of animal rights, hunting, and African cultural diversity. I couldn’t put this book down and I can scarcely wait for the inevitable critical reactions, in hopes that Glen Martin’s provocative candor will lead to more effective solutions." —Harry Greene, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University

"A sobering exposé of Africa’s wilderness facade. Martin tours Kenya’s legendary Eden of elephant and lion, wildebeest and rhino, and finds it on the verge of crumbling under the weight of a burgeoning populace and a misguided conservation agenda. Martin's is a gritty tale of bush meat and ivory, poachers and poverty, and a call for a more pragmatic approach toward saving the last great herds of Earth’s quintessential wild kingdom." —Will Stolzenburg, author of Rat Island: Predators in Paradise and the World's Greatest Wildlife Rescue

"The hardest lesson we all must learn about saving Africa’s wildlife: conservation can’t just be about the animals. Game Changer makes this case brilliantly. While the plight of individual animals pulls on our heartstrings, Glen Martin fearlessly show us how conservationists must think about entire landscapes, including people." —Jonathan Adams, author of The Myth of Wild Africa

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