1. Truly multidisciplinary approach - Each of the three sections of the book (on endangered species, ecosystems and global environmental problems) includes chapters by people with very different backgrounds and perspectives in fields such as ecology, conservation, philosophy, law, economics and policy. Both researchers and managers/conservationists have contributed their points of view.
2. Accessible to general readers - The contributors were asked to write chapters that are accessible to a non-specialist, and the chapters were carefully edited to remove (when possible) or define (when necessary) specialist jargon, regardless of whether it came from economics, biology, law or political science. The distinctive styles and analytical approaches of different disciplines still come through, but a general reader should be able to understand the concepts in any chapter.
3. Facilitates comparison and synthesis by the reader - Although Robert Askins attempts to summarize the major conclusions of this book in a final chapter, readers will discover their own connections and conclusions as they read about the same basic issue from many perspectives.
4. Use as a textbook - Because this book is accessible and will trigger interesting ideas and discussions, it would be an excellent text to use for supplemental reading in a conservation biology or ecology course, or as one of the main readings in a seminar course.