Named by the LA Times among its Best Books of 2001
Dick Russell has done for the gray whale what he did for the striped bass—taught us to love both the fish and the fishermen. In a riveting tale that celebrates the history and culture of the whale fishery, Russell guides us gently to a consciousness of the critical importance of the gray whale’s struggle and survival to modern civilization.
—Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President of the Water Keeper Alliance
An environmental story with at least the glimmer of a happy ending! Dick Russell’s marvelous accounts of the human attempts to decimate and then to protect the great gray whale makes for a wonderful tale—a tale we need to tell over and over and over, so we don’t slip back into the bad old habits, so that we extend our compassion and activism toward other less charismatic corners of creation.
—Bill McKibben, author of “The End of Nature”