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Stronghold

One man's quest to save the world's wild salmon - before it's too late

Tucker Malarkey

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Short Books Ltd
05 September 2019
Guido Rahr was an unusual young boy; from the age of three, he was exploring the fields and streams near his home in Oregon; by 12 he was an authority on rare snake species; and at 15, he began a life long love affair with the majestic salmon, spending all his time on the Deschutes River teaching himself to fly fish.

Salmon, one of the most determined, single minded creatures on earth, have for hundreds of thousands of years succeeded in returning from the sea to their birth rivers to spawn - no matter the conditions or obstacles. But as Guido discovered to his alarm when he started studying them in the late 90s, fewer and fewer were returning each year as the rivers of the US were becoming increasingly inhospitable, due to dams, industry, and climate change. The salmon of the Pacific Rim, it seemed, were set for near extinction, just like the salmon that once filled the Atlantic Ocean.

An improbable and inspiring story, Stronghold takes the reader on a wild and at times dangerous adventure as we follow Guido from Oregon to Alaska to one of the world's last remaining salmon strongholds, in the Russian Far East - a landscape of ecological richness and diversity that is rapidly being developed for oil, gas, minerals, and timber.

As Guido befriends and navigates scientists, conservationists, corrupt officials, Russian oligarchs, unexpected allies, and impenetrable bureaucracies, he reveals the astonishing natural history of the endangered salmon, a species whose demise will reverberate across the planet. And he sets into motion a plan that can secure their survival.
By:   Tucker Malarkey
Imprint:   Short Books Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 220mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   546g
ISBN:   9781780724010
ISBN 10:   1780724012
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   05 September 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tucker Malarkey spent four years working on the foreign desk of The Washington Post and then with columnist Haynes Johnson on the book Sleepwalking Through History, a bestselling account of the Reagan years. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and is the author of the novels An Obvious Enchantment and Resurrection. She has taught writing workshops in schools around Portland and was a founding editor of Tin House magazine, a literary journal based in Portland and New York.

Reviews for Stronghold: One man's quest to save the world's wild salmon - before it's too late

An astonishing story, grippingly told, with the inspiring example at its heart of a man for whom the wellbeing of the natural world is the only goal. It is a story to counter any sense of despair. Tucker Malarkey, in one intriguing twist and turn after another, has shown that, with the application of rare talent, with luck and at some personal cost, real good can in the end be done. - Adam Nicolson, author of The Seabirds Cry A powerful and inspiring story. Guido Rahr's mission to save the wild Pacific salmon leads him into adventures that make for a breathtakingly exciting read. - Ian Frazier, author of Travels in Siberia All fishermen know that we have to fight to save the waters we love. Stronghold tells a captivating story of the struggle to save the last great salmon rivers. - Johnny Morris, founder/owner of Bass Pro Shops The Melvillian showdown between this extraordinary man and his equally extraordinary quarry forms the climax ofStronghold. Rahr's passion for salmon is contagious, and Malarkey channels it well...[she] is a novelist by trade, and it shows. - The New York Times A gripping chronicle... Malarkey plots Rahr's exploits with the skill of a novelist and the affection of a close relative. - Bloomburg An astonishing story, grippingly told. Adam Nicolson, author of The Seabirds Cry The Melvillian showdown between this extraordinary man and his equally extraordinary quarry forms the climax of Stronghold. Rahr's passion for salmon is contagious, and Malarkey channels it well...[she] is a novelist by trade, and it shows. New York Times


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