With everything from production figures and collector values to little-known facts that have remained buried for decades, this book seeks to show that the Duck Stamp program is not only one of the best conservation programs, it is also the richest art contest.
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This is the most comprehensive, beautifully illustrated book ever published on the Federal Duck Stamp Program. It is much more than just a "stamp" book. The first third of the book focuses on the conservation history of the United States and the factors that led the federal government to take action to conserve dwindling populations of migratory waterfowl. Anyone interested in environmental/conservation history or the politics of wildlife protection should find this fascinating. Another third of the book focuses on the duck stamp art contest, often referred to as the "richest art competition in the world." Over twenty of the winning artists were interviewed for this section. The remainder of the book covers duck stamps and stamp collecting in depth. This includes information on grading a stamp's condition, how the stamps are produced from start to finish, stamp values, condition, and profiles of some of the great collectors. With over 300 full-color images! adding life to the text, this book is not only very interesting it is also beautiful.About the Author:
Eric jay Dolin has degrees from Brown University, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D.). He has worked as a program manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an environmental consultant stateside and in London, an intern at the National Wildlife Federation and on Capitol Hill, a fisheries policy analyst at the National Marine Fisheries Service, and an American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellow at Business Week.
Much of Dolin's writing reflects his interest in wildlife, the environment, and American history. His books include the Smithsonian Book of National Wildlife Refuges, Snakehead: A Fish Out of Water, and Political Waters, a history of the degradation and cleanup of Boston Harbor. His book, Leviathan: The History of Whaling In America (W. W. Norton), was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe. Leviathan also won a number of awards, including the 2007 John Lyman Award for U. S. Maritime History and the twenty-third annual L. Byrne Waterman Award, given by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, for outstanding contributions to whaling research and history. His most recent book is Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade (W. W. Norton, July 2010), a national bestseller, was chosen by New West, The Seattle Times, and The Rocky Mountain Land Library as one of the top non-fiction books of 2010.
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