Stronghold: One man’s quest to save the world’s wild salmon – before it’s too late


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Stronghold: One man’s quest to save the world’s wild salmon – before it’s too late Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Short Books Ltd Pages: 384 Language: English ISBN: 9781780724287 Categories: , , , , ,

Stronghold is Tucker Malarkey’s enthralling account of an unlikely visionary, Guido Rahr, and his crusade to protect the world’s last bastion of wild salmon. One of the most determined creatures on earth, salmon have succeeded in returning from the sea to their birth rivers to spawn for hundreds of thousands of years – no matter what the obstacles. But our steady incursions into their habitats mean increasingly few are making it, pushing these fish to near extinction. In this improbable and inspiring story, we follow Guido on a wild and, at times, dangerous adventure from Oregon to Alaska, and then to one of the world’s last remaining wildernesses, in the Russian Far East. Along the way, Guido contends with scientists, conservationists, Russian oligarchs and corrupt officials – and befriends some unexpected allies – in an attempt to secure a stronghold for the endangered salmon, an extraordinary keystone of our ecosystem whose demise would reverberate across the planet. This book is a remarkable work of natural history, a clarion call for a sustainable future and a riveting insight into a fish whose future is closely linked to our own. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px ‘Adobe Garamond Pro’} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px ‘Adobe Garamond Pro’; min-height: 14.0px}

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"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

Author Biography

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.