Salmon

A Fish, the Earth, and the History of a Common Fate

Mark Kurlansky

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Beschreibung

"Henry David Thoreau wrote, 'Who hears the fishes when they cry?' Maybe we need to go down to the river bank and try to listen."

In what he says is the most important piece of environmental writing in his long and award-winning career, Mark Kurlansky, best-selling author of Salt and Cod, The Big Oyster, 1968, and Milk, among many others, employs his signature multi-century storytelling and compelling attention to detail to chronicle the harrowing yet awe-inspiring life cycle of salmon.

During his research Kurlansky traveled widely and observed salmon and those who both pursue and protect them in the Pacific and the Atlantic, in Ireland, Norway, Iceland, Japan, and even the robust but not as frequently visited Kamchatka Peninsula. This world tour reveals an eras-long history of man’s misdirected attempts to manipulate salmon and its environments for his own benefit and gain, whether for entertainment or to harvest food.

In addition, Kurlansky’s research shows that all over the world these fish, uniquely connected to both marine and terrestrial ecology as well as fresh and salt water, are a natural barometer for the health of the planet. He documents that for centuries man’s greatest assaults on nature, from overfishing to dams, from hatcheries to fish farms, from industrial pollution to the ravages of climate change, are evidenced in the sensitive life cycle of salmon.

With stunning historical and contemporary photographs and illustrations throughout, Kurlansky’s insightful conclusion is that the only way to save salmon is to save the planet and, at the same time, the only way to save the planet is to save the mighty, heroic salmon.

Mark Kurlansky, geboren 1948, ist Journalist und schreibt für Magazine wie "Audubon"und "Food & Wine", für dessen Food-Histoy-Kolumne er regelmäßig Beiträge liefert. Wenn er nicht gerade auf Weltreise ist, lebt Kurlansky in New York.

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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 448
Erscheinungsdatum 03.03.2020
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-938340-86-4
Verlag Ingram Publisher Services
Maße (L/B/H) 22,6/18,7/4 cm
Gewicht 1246 g
Abbildungen full color photographs and illustrations

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  • TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Prologue: A Tale of Two Fisheries

    PART ONE: The Hero

    CHAPTER ONE: A Family Matter

    CHAPTER TWO: A Hero’s Life

    PART TWO: A Human Problem

    CHAPTER THREE: The Original Salmon

    CHAPTER FOUR: Old Ways in the New Land

    CHAPTER FIVE: A Golden Fish Arrives in the EastC

    CHAPTER SIX: When It Was Working

    CHAPTER SEVEN: The White Man Comes

    CHAPTER EIGHT: Nowhere to Run

    PART THREE: The Problem With Solutions

    CHAPTER NINE: Why Not Make More?

    CHAPTER TEN: Sea Cattle

    CHAPTER ELEVE: The Release

    PART FOUR: The Dangerous Future

    CHAPTER TWELVE: Elegy for the Atlantic

    CHAPTER THIRTEEN: The Dismantling of Myths

    CHAPTER FOURTEEN: The Ballad of the Pacific

    CHAPTER FIFTEEN: The Golden Fish Departs

    EPILOGUE :It Concerns Us

    Acknowledgments

    Notes

    Bibliography

    Index