Focusing on the development of policies and laws that attempt to protect native species, this work by Weber (political science, Oregon State Univ.) spans the period of the arrival of the Europeans in America to the present, often using excerpts from relevant documents. This guide reflects conflicting views of nature. For example, Alexis de Tocqueville's 1830 observation of the American belief in the limitless bounty of the land as a force to be tamed and used is contrasted with the belief in preserving and conserving it, expressed in an 1899 article from Scientific American describing the shameful hunting to near extinction of 50 to 100 million American bison. The ongoing tension among these points of view continues to impact legal protection of endangered species. The detailed table of contents and index will guide researchers to their specific areas of interest. A "Reader's Guide to Related Documents and Sidebars" serves as a thorough subject guide, grouping related items that appear in different chapters, such as "indigenous cultures," "oceans and coasts," and "property rights." VERDICT This is a beneficial addition to reference collections for the serious study of U.S. environmental policies and laws.-Frances E. -Millhouser, formerly at Fairfax Cty. P.L., VA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.