Penguins: A Worldwide Guide by Remy Marion is for the most part a reference book that overviews characteristics, behaviors, regional information of every penguin species in superb detail. The species are sorted by their associated genus and each section is laid out in the same order: descriptions of adults, immatures, and chicks; breeding; chick-rearing; foraging & diet; Survival; and population & distribution. This book includes full color photographs which add immensely to the reading experience.
Most notable, I believe, is the historical section in the book titled “Penguins and People: A 6,000-year-old history.” The author writes in great (and sometimes graphic) detail about mankind’s interactions with the penguin species, most of which are in a negative context. He talks of the exploitation of penguins whether it be from indigenous tribes or from explorers, both hunting the all but defenseless creatures for their skin, feathers, blubber, oil, and yes even meat. Marion also details the exploitation of penguins in modern ages and how humans are affecting their little world by the extraction of guano from breeding grounds, pollution such as oil spills and chemical wastes, and fisheries.
This book was originally published in 1995 but we all know that history does not change. I believe this book is an excellent read for any penguin or history fan. Not only do you get to find out details of the different species & their habitats but also get a glimpse into the dark past between humans and penguin-kind.