Bold, stunning essays on the abuse of nature, from one of the best fiction writers of our time. The year 2000 has the dubious distinction of boasting the highest sustained energy use, the most dramatic destruction of habitat, having the fastest-growing suburbs of all time. Most of us watch all this with mild concern. Joy Williams does much more than watch. With guts and passion, she sounds the alarm over the general disconnection from the natural world that our consumer culture has created. The culling of elephants, electron-probed chimpanzees, and the vanishing wetlands are just some of her subjects. Among the thirteen essays herein are: - "Save the Whales, Screw the Shrimp," which considers the way we seem to love what we love to death. - "The Killing Game," her famous anti-hunting essay that caused a furor when it first appeared in Esquire. - "Safariland," deals with the state of wildlife in Africa. - "The Animal People," her take on the animal rights movement. - "The Case Against Babies." which remarks on the blithe determination of Americans to continue to populate the earth. Razor sharp, controversial, scathingly opinionated, and refreshingly unafraid of conflict.