The Philosopher Fish: Sturgeon, Caviar, and the Geography of Desire

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  • From the acclaimed eco-journalist Rick Carey, a fascinating chronicle of a fast-disappearing fish-and of the people whose lives and livelihoods depend on it Since the days of the Persian Empire, caviar has trumpeted status, wealth, prestige, and sex appeal. In this remarkable journey to caviar's source, Carey immerses himself in the world of sturgeon, the fish that lays these golden eggs. The sturgeon has a fascinating biologic past-and a very uncertain future. Sturgeon populations worldwide have declined 70 percent in the last twenty years. Meanwhile the beluga sturgeon, producer of the most coveted caviar, has climbed to number four on the World Wildlife Fund's most-endangered species list. A high-stakes cocktail of business, crime, diplomacy, technology, and the dilemmas of conservation, The Philosopher Fish is the epic story of a 250-million-year-old fish struggling to survive. "A wild upstream adventure." (New York Post) "Hard to imagine that a story about fish eggs could be 'fast paced,' not to mention prophetic. But this piece of environmental journalism is both.... It's a book about America in microcosm.... Caviar, it turns out, is not just tasty. In Carey's hands, it's luminous." (Kirkus Reviews)
  • Author:
    Richard Adams Carey
    Binding:
    Paperback
    Dewey Decimal Number:
    597
    EAN:
    9781582433523
    Edition:
    1
    ISBN:
    1582433526
    Label:
    Counterpoint
    Languages:
    English
    List Price:
    $15.95
    Manufacturer:
    Counterpoint
    Number Of Items:
    1
    Number Of Pages:
    352
    Product Group:
    Book
    Product Type Name:
    ABIS_BOOK
    Publication Date:
    2006-02-14
    Publisher:
    Counterpoint
    Studio:
    Counterpoint
    Title:
    The Philosopher Fish: Sturgeon, Caviar, and the Geography of Desire

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