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In his 1982 Journal of Mammalogy review of E. Raymond Hall's epic tome The Mammals of North America (1981), J. Knox Jones Jr. opined, "It is unlikely that any other American mammalogist would have undertaken, or will undertake again, such a gigantic task." That statement remains valid only because Hall produced useful maps.
The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals is, in many respects, a companion volume to Wilson and Reeder's Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (1993). That book, like the present one, was a collaborative effort with the American Society of Mammalogists and the Smithsonian Institution Press. The volume at hand incorporates taxonomic changes made since publication of the earlier volume.