In this fine book, two well-known nature writers use brilliantly concise descriptions of their own New England locate to say a great deal about ecology in general. pending with a short bird's eye view of the country and its geological history, they go on to describe the complex habitats and denizens of forest, pond, stream, meadow, tree tops and peal hogs, the changes made by seasons and natural disasters; and the historic and present-day destructive influence of man's intrusion. Complete in its overall scheme, the book is very alived in its details. Unlike Victorian nature writing, this book is fact crammed, unsentimental, wholly informed- and yet it represents a personal view, not just of nature's effect on man's sensibilities, but rather of the powerful forces that keep in check the few areas of nature that man has not yet corrupted. A useful corollary to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.