"Look it up! You're involved." With this slogan, posted guerrilla-style on billboards in 1969, the group that would become Greenpeace launched its first campaign ... and sparked a mind-shift that changed how we think about the world around us. In the decade that followed, Greenpeace evolved from a loosely organized protest group in Vancouver, Canada, into an international phenomenon that went head-to-head against corporations and governments, attracting the support of ordinary citizens alongside celebrities, politicians, writers, scientists, musicians, and visionaries.
Greenpeace is the definitive record of this journey, indelibly portrayed by someone who witnessed the events firsthand. With an historian's insight and a novelist's style, Rex Weyler introduces us to the characters and events that shaped an "Eco Navy"--from the first voyage into the North Pacific to stop American nuclear bomb tests, to the risky mission to rescue whales from Russian and Japanese whaling fleets, to internal struggles over growth, money and ideology.
Greenpeace is a remarkable achievement: a gripping account that reads like a novel; a snapshot of the mid-twentieth-century zeitgeist; a fascinating study of media manipulation; an uncompromising look at the politics of activist organizations; and above all, an inspiring call-to-arms that deepens our understanding of what it means to be politically engaged. As one of the players in the book points out, "The sooner we get on with it, the better."