David R. Montgomery. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. 2007. 295 pp. Softcover, $16.95. ISBN 9780520258068.

David R. Montgomery has written a fine book on the mistreatment of the soil throughout the course of civilization that has resulted in extensive and severe erosion. The coverage is geographically and historically comprehensive, and the style is very clear. The book follows on and extends the writings of earlier authors (e.g., Carter and Hale, 1974; Hyams, 1976; Hillel, 1990; Ponting, 1992) as it provides an even more detailed description of the processes and consequences of human-induced soil erosion in...

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