Reviews -- Let the People Judge; Wise Use and the Private Property Rights Movement Edited by John Echeverria and Raymond Booth Eby

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Let the People Judge; Wise Use and the Private Property Rights Movement, by John Echeverria and Raymond Booth Eby (eds). Island Press, 1718 Connecticut Ave., NC: Washington, DC 20009 (1995). 390 pp., paperback, ISBN 1-55963-277-1. $27.50

The so-called "wise-use" movement may well be the hottest conservation issue of this decade, especially considering the number of Newt Gingrich's minions now in the Congress. This book intends "to improve public understanding of the Wise Use movement and the related 'property rights' challenge to the environmental movement," and does it very well.

The senior editor, John Echeverria, is general counsel of the National Audubon Society and also authors a chapter on "The Takings Issue Raymond Eby, a graduate student and the other editor, is credited with being "a former truck driver, Marine, fish-monger, steel worker.. and other assorted down-to-earth occupations but did not author any of the text. Together they have assembled 35 articles intended "to collect a wide range of different and sometimes sharply divergent thinking. …