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Greenpeace: The Inside Story Paperback – Aug 10 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Raincoast Books; 1 edition (Aug. 10 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551928418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551928418
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 3.9 x 22.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 463 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,058,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A rousing story about how a gutsy and mixed-up group of Canadians broke all the rules without once saying 'sorry.' " -- Globe and Mail

"An engaging, brisk and at times emotional read." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review, Editor's Pick

"Weyler's capacious, affecting history is stirring testimony to the power of committed citizens." -- Booklist, starred review

About the Author

Rex Weyler (Vancouver) is a co-founder of Greenpeace International. His photographs and environmental essays have appeared in the New York Times, Oceans, Smithsonian, Rolling Stone, New Age Journal and National Geographic.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ecological Masterpiece Sept. 30 2005
By Antoine Tardif - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Greenpeace is one of the most important environmental groups and this book illustrates why. It's a history of the triumphs and conflicts that plagued the organization since its inception.

Initially I was shocked at how uncoordinated Greenpeace seemed to be, but I respect the author for openly revealing these deficiencies. The organization was forced to evolve in the tactics they used, as they constantly expanded to fight new nuclear and environmental threats.

The bulk of the book concerns the fight to prevent testing of nuclear weapons, whaling (especially by the Russians and Japanese) and the Canadian seal hunt. Time after time it's demonstrated that the worse enemy to the environment are governments, as they lie to people, attempt cover-ups (the UK would dispose of nuclear waste in the ocean and failed to inform the public) and use laws to thwart the efforts of the ecologists. One example is the Canadian government using the 'Seal Protection Act' to arrest protestors protecting seals against the slaughter. If someone tried to prevent a seal from being clubbed to death and happened to touch the seal, they would be arrested.

Another important argument is how the bulk of a population supports environmental organizations until it involves something that is transpiring in their own backyard. Donations to the Canadian Greenpeace decreased exponentially once Greenpeace attempted to curb the Canadian seal hunt. The same people who supported them in the past bashed them. When local jobs are at stake people are willing to overlook animal cruelty and environmental damage.

Overall, a great read and highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book Nov. 16 2004
By Mike Peel - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Explains the evolution of an important Environmental organization, whose founders and volunteers brought important issues to the front pages of the world. The graphic descriptions of the whale killings, seal slaughters and the detailing of the amount of work required to confront nuclear testing in Amchitka and the South Pacific, remind us all how important Greenpeace is.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jan. 22 2011
By Spider Monkey - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a great telling of the founding and development of Greenpeace. You are left in awe at the actions and protests these guys carried out and have your heart wrenched when you read about the whale and seal hunts. It describes the politics of the groups founding and how it grew, as well as some more organic stories of the members spiritual ideas and beliefs. This is extremely well written and a great read. Over 500 pages fly by in the blink of an eye. Fantastic!

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