Atlas of Rare Birds profiles 50 endangered birds, telling how they became rare and how they’re faring today. Instead of selecting the fifty most endangered birds or his personal favorites, the author has chosen birds that exemplify ten different categories. This adds some variety and allows the author to include some really interesting species. And there are some fascinating stories here.

Accompanying these stories are some big, (mostly) nice photographs. Even better than the photos are the range maps, as befits a book with "Atlas" in the title. Seriously, these maps are perfect for a book such as this.

Though it focuses on rare birds, this is no "doom and gloom" book. There are some sad stories here, to be sure, but there is also hope. And, it's worth repeating, this is one fascinating book.

Here's my full review of Atlas of Rare Birds.