Reisner provides some interesting insight into the world of poaching in the United States. I was not aware of how much poaching went on domestically, and naively thought it was a problem that restricted itself to Africa. Perhaps the most shocking revelations from this book, in my opinion, are those dealing with the ivory trade. Parallels can be drawn between ivory and any other drug trade, from the deals made on the down-low, to the kingpins that run the trade, and to the major busts that temporarily slow the market.
Although this book is now quite a few years old, I still found it to be an interesting and educational read. The book mainly deals with alligators, ivory, and saccalait, but Reisner also writes about extinction and man's impact on nature.