- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Greystone Books/David Suzuki Foundation; Reprint edition (March 1 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1550549545
- ISBN-13: 978-1550549546
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 318 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #328,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Last Great Sea: Voyage Through the Human and Natural History of the North Pacific Ocean Paperback – Mar 1 2003
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About the Author
Terry Glavin is the author of six books and the co-author of four, traversing a variety of subjects from anthropology to natural history. He has won more than a dozen literary and journalism awards, including the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, and in 2009 was the recipient of the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence. His writing appears regularly in newspapers, magazines and online publications as diverse as Democratiya (New York), Lettre Internationale (Berlin), the National Post, Canadian Geographic and The Tyee. He is a founding member of the Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
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Terry Glavin writes in wonderful, vivid prose and combines it with a dazzling scholarship. He presents new information on the history of the west coast of BC, Washington and California that is shockingly different from the version that we have accepted as written in stone. He backs up his ideas with research.
His explanations of the changes happening to the Pacific Ocean and to the salmon fisheries and the emerging new fisheries are fascinating.
This is a great book.
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Glavin explores recent archeology to point out the facts supporting a seaborne migration route into North America, separate from the traditional concept of wandering hunters following big game across a Beringia land bridge. That examination leads to an exploration of the distinctive fish-based cultures of the Pacific Northwest and the region's interaction with other peoples of the North Pacific Ocean. The story keeps coming back to the region's great fisheries, especially salmon, at risk from overfishing and from human developments along the great salmon rivers of the region. The scale of the discussion runs from macro-economics to micro-biology, all helped along by Glavin's entertaining prose. The author's effort to portray the North Pacific and its inhabitants as a distinctive living community is fairly convincing, as are his concerns that the North Pacific's fisheries are at risk.
"The Last Great Sea" was published in 2000. Fortunately, the fisheries are still there, while the book remains highly readable, and recommended.