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5.0 out of 5 starsThe reader (or listener if you get this audio book) ...
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2015
The reader (or listener if you get this audio book) will learn more than the title implies. The author weaves research and history into a compelling narrative. My friends who hear me describe it have gotten copies of the book and cannot put it down. Paul Greenberg went to the places he writes about to thoroughly investigate his subject. He his an accomplished storyteller. I am recommending this to all people who want to know more about how our seafood market works and how much we have lost. I will add that Greenberg reassures us with an optimistic tone as he provides solutions. If I could rate this book more than 5 stars I would.
5.0 out of 5 starsWhy do we let our best catch slip away?
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2014
Greenberg takes us along on his adventures researching American oysters, shrimp and salmon. We learn what's gone wrong, but we also learn a few things that are going right. I'm hoping the latest food movements and Greenberg's voice inspires Americans to expand their palates beyond chicken and eat local seafood. I was most intrigued by the Louisiana shrimpers who are posting their days' catch online. By the time they reach the docks the customers are lined up. It eliminates the middlemen, which increases their profits, and encourages the community to eat local seafood. I would love to see this happening here on Florida's Gulf Coast. Hey Paul Greenberg, thanks for an inspiring read, and come fish with us!
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2015
This is not only an eye opening history of the rise and demise of our American seafood & fish but an urge to action! If you're turning your nose up at wild caught salmon and buying cheap and tasteless tilapia and/or passing our wild Gulf shrimp over for Asian farmed shrimp, READ THIS BOOK FOR A NECESSARY ENLIGHTENMENT. Not a boring or whiney paragraph in this book. Engaging and intelligent!
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2016
Not as gripping as Four Fish, and Greenberg spends a considerable amount of time meandering away from what I thought was the main discussion of the book: the conservation of fish species for the sake of sustainable American fisheries. There were many places where I thought more research could've been used. All in all, it was a quick and interesting read.
5.0 out of 5 starsCultural history, government policy & current events
Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2017
I purchased this book as required reading for my master's degree in marine biodiversity and conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. I've absolutely loved Greenberg's combination of cultural history, past and present policies and current events surrounding American fisheries. He gives a lot of insight into conservation efforts of non-profit organizations and passionate individuals. Well-written and hard to put down.
5.0 out of 5 starsIn general, people talk a lot more about land ...
Reviewed in the United States on October 9, 2014
In general, people talk a lot more about land food than seafood, even within the context of local food movements. I hope this book will begin, or augment, the dialogue about our local seafood resources. I think it is long past time to explore why so much local, wild seafood never reaches the communities in which the workers of fishing fleets actually live - and to decide what changes we can make in ways that benefit our health, wild fisheries, and the marine environment.
4.0 out of 5 starsI really like that it's written more like a story
Reviewed in Canada on July 20, 2015
Fascinating read. I really like that it's written more like a story, even though it's clearly non-fiction and contains a lot of detailed information. I thought it would be heavy reading, but it's actually a pretty easy, entertaining and informative read. I'm really enjoying learning more about our seafood and the choices throughout history that have led us to where we are today.
1.0 out of 5 starsWho even reads the first chapter, anyways?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 20, 2015
I was really looking forward to this book, as I absolutely enjoyed the first one. And at the time the hardcopy was a great deal. Unfortunately the book I received was missing the first 20 pages. Upon further inspection some of the pages had even been repeated. So, now I'm waiting for my Hardcopy replacement. I'm hoping it doesn't end up the same way...Until then I can't properly review this book.