1. Extinctions in Perspective -- 2. Empty Shells -- 3. As the Hawaiian Crow Flies ... -- 4. Darwin, Ulysse, Rousseau -- and Brutus, Too? -- 5. Britain's Large Blue: A Star Is Reborn -- 6. Monachus Monachus, in Retreat -- 7. Introducing the Nile Perch -- 8. Handle with Care: A Wild Dog Story -- 9. SOS for a Salamander and Its Springs -- 10. Islands of the Living Dead -- 11. The Echo of Their Song -- 12. Watching, from the Edge of Extinction -- The Tropical Biology Association. "In this book, Beverly and Stephen Stearns tell the stories of people who have worked directly with disappearing species in Europe, Africa, North America, and Oceania. They are stories of passion and commitment, of competence and selflessness. They are also stories that alarm, for even as unheralded heroes are working to reverse what often seems to be a species' inevitable march toward extinction, incompetent or self-interested parties are often working against them."--Jacket.