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Making Salmon An Environmental History of the Northwest Fisheries Crisis

By: Joseph E Taylor III(Author), William Cronon(Foreword By)
421 pages, black & white illustrations
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  • Making Salmon ISBN: 9780295981147 Paperback May 2001 Usually dispatched within 5 days
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"Taylor's purpose is to help us understand just how hard it is to grapple with ecological problems that are also intensely cultural and political and economic [...] By showing us how complicated the human history of salmon has been in the past, Taylor assembles the essential tools we need for thinking more clearly about its future."
– William Cronon, from the Foreword


Lists of Maps
Foreword: Speaking for Salmon
Introduction: A Durable Crisis
Dependence, Respect, and Moderation
Historicizing Overfishing
Inventing a Panacea
Making Salmon
Taking Salmon
Urban Salmon
Remaking Salmon
Taking Responsibility
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Bibliographic Essay

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Joseph E. Taylor III is assistant professor of history at Iowa State University. An environmental historian specializing in fisheries, he has also worked in the commercial fisheries of the northeast Pacific and Bering Sea.

By: Joseph E Taylor III(Author), William Cronon(Foreword By)
421 pages, black & white illustrations
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"Making Salmon is essential reading for anyone who wants to know how the salmon crisis began and as a caution to those who think there are easy ways to get out of it."
– Richard White, Stanford University

"Exhaustively researched and written in clear and graceful prose, Making Salmon [...] will prove to be the definitive study of its subject until well into the twenty-first century."
– William G. Robbins, Oregon State University

"Of the nearly dozen books written about Pacific salmon in the last few years, this is the best and most informative."
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"This is a benchmark book in the environmental history of the Pacific Northwest, one that breaks new ground and provides a model for future discussions in the field [...] Everyone concerned about today's salmon conditions in the Pacific Northwest and the importance of historical agency in environmental affairs should read this book."
– Environmental History

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