From the reviews of the fourth edition:
"S.-W. Breckle has well succeeded in completing the former English edition (1985) by a high increase of knowledge. A number of figures are taken from more recent publications, however, without disturbing the character of this standard-work. … Even though the revision of the classical textbook was difficult it can be considered to be successful. … Altogether, this book should be part of the library of any vegetation ecologist." (Angelika Schwabe, Phytocoenologia, Vol. 34 (3), 2004)
"This remarkable book is a compendium of the different vegetation types of the earth. … The layout of the book is excellent. … There are numerous informative photographs. … An innovation that particularly appealed to me is the explanation of the meanings of the Greek and Latin words used in biology, in an index at the back of the book. … I would recommend this book as essential reading to all students of botany, and an essential bit of background reading before travelling abroad." (Peter Lindner, Plant Systematics and Evolution, Vol. 241 (1-2), 2003)
"This is the 4th revised and enlarged English edition of the 7th edition of Heinrich Walter’s classic Vegetation und Klimazonen (1999) prepared by Siegmar-Walter Breckle … . It is, in many ways, a remarkable book because of its great breadth and the vast amount of information it presents. It is of great value to all interested in global vegetation and the ecophysiological explanation for the distribution of major vegetation types." (H. J. B. Birks, Plant Talk, Issue 33, 2003)
From the Back Cover
Vegetation, soil and climate are the most important components of ecological systems. This long-awaited fourth edition of the well-established textbook by Heinrich Walter summarizes our knowledge of the earth's ecology and constitutes the basis for a deeper understanding of the larger interrelations on a global scale.
While Walter's general concept remains unchanged, the individual chapters have been completely revised, enlarged and updated. The author's intimate knowledge of practically all classes of plants and climatic zones allows him to describe the various ecological systems in close detail.
This richly illustrated textbook is a must for every student in the plant sciences.