Minckley and Deacon, inarguably two of the most influential western ichthyologists, have done an excellent job. . . . [A]n essential addition to the library of anyone concerned with conservation of native fishes, [Battle Against Extinction
] provides a detailed historical review of research and management programs in a single source and serves as a prospectus for future conservation efforts.
A good balance between the historical, ethical, legal, and technical issues of conservation of endangered species and southwestern desert fish, in particular. . . . This book is recommended to the professional fisheries biologist, aquatic biologists, science historians, and environmental policymakers. It could provide the information that guides us to a more effective template for management and preservation of endangered fish species.
—Quarterly Review of Biology
[Battle Against Extinction
] is far more than a plea for conservation of natural aquatic habitats and fishes. It deals as well with the philosophy and ethics of conservation, and the need to document both failures and successes of the past as guidelines to the future. Most importantly, it thrusts a little-understood group of animals before the public eye in an ecosystem context and presents positive recommendations for maintenance of biodiversity through their conservation.
—Stewart L. Udall, former United States Secretary of the Interior
An exceptional introduction to a major biological crisis.