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Island Press Staff Picks - Intelligent Tinkering

Kalalau Valley from Pihea Trail in the rain. Photo by Miguel Vieira, used under Creative Commons licensing. Kalalau Valley from Pihea Trail in the rain. Photo by Miguel Vieira, used under Creative Commons licensing. Click to enlarge.

Today’s pick, Intelligent Tinkering, comes from our Marketing Manager, Jason Leppig.

Cabin_IntelliTinker_300cmykWe publish lots of books on ecosystem science and management and since I'm not a scientist, it's often difficult to wrap my mind completely around the information in some of these books (see Panarchy). But once in a while we'll get an author that delivers a book that's more of a journey than an academic lecture of facts and figures. In Intelligent Tinkering, Bob Cabin writes as if you're looking over his shoulder as he explores the Ka'upulehu Preserve in Hawaii. Cabin's vivid imagery and narrative style make a potentially stale subject (science vs. practice) into as entertaining a read as most fiction books. Until this book, I never thought I would want to understand more about the intricacies of ecological restoration science and on-the-ground practice. Pick it up; you'll be surprised. "Filled with imagery and insight, the book has the flair of a best-selling novel." --Andre Clewell, President Emeritus, Society for Ecological Restoration Intelligent Tinkering and all our other hardcover and paperback books are on sale for 50-70% off through September 30.