When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of all Time
Michael J. Benton 2003 London: Thames and Hudson
This book deals with the mass extinction at the end of the Permian. It includes a vivid description of the 19th and 20th century controversies about catastrophism and the K/T extinction. The author discusses possible extinction scenarios, particularly the impact and catastrophic-volcanism hypotheses, and climate and ecosystem reconstructions.