From Library Journal
Another in the publisher's series that began with Natural History of the USSR ( LJ 11/15/89), this is an excellent popular treatment of the geographical setting, flora, and fauna of China. After an introductory chapter on the general geography are separate chapters on specific areas (e.g., forests, deserts), followed by a chapter on conservation, appendixes (lists of typical animals for each region), and a brief but serviceable index. There seems to be nothing else, in print or out, in English that deals with this enormous topic in one volume. The illustrations are beautiful and relate to the text; the writing style is pleasant without being fulsome. There are maps showing regions. An additional map with city locations would have been helpful, as would a bibliography--this is the sort of book that makes one want to read more about the topic! Where else may one find out about animals like xenosaurs and tragopans in such a delightful fashion? Appropriate for general readers and undergraduates.- Mary L. Larsgaard, Univ. of California at Santa Barbara Map & Imagery Lib.
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