Drawing on a combination of scientific, historical, sociological and political research, Montgomery, a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington, traces the tragic and steady decline in salmon populations in Europe, New England, Eastern Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Using his detailed analysis of the destruction of native salmon runs at each site, Montgomery demonstrates that the decline has been caused by the same four actions: polluting rivers in the name of technology, changing the natural environment by damming rivers and clear-cutting forests, overfishing, and ignoring regulations and laws imposed to help salmon populations recover. Montgomery's history of salmon moves from awe inspiring (their ancestors go back some 40 million years) to heartbreaking ("Lonesome Larry was the only sockeye [salmon] that made it back [to Redfish Lake] in 1992"). But when the book's focus changes from fish to the likes of Queen Anne, King George, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, who were all unsuccessful in stopping the salmon's slide toward extinction, Montgomery's tone becomes decidedly bleaker. Though the nature of the salmon's struggle to survive against these recurring threats to its life and habitat causes the book to be somewhat repetitive, Montgomery saves his best writing for the last chapter, where he courageously outlines the scientific evidence surrounding the salmon's plight and presents a no-nonsense plan for the fish's tenuous hope for survival. Photos and maps not seen by PW.
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"A sorry, scary future for salmon and their ecosystem if this author's warnings go unheeded." -- Kirkus
"Montgomery's history of salmon moves from awe inspiring... to heartbreaking." -- Publishers Weekly
"This is a fascinating and important book. It should be read by us all." -- The Economist
"[An] engaging new study." -- OnEarth
well written description of why we NW Salmon stocks are deteriorating. Looking through the lens of this book being written in 2003 it is proving to be accurate.Published 3 months ago by kirkusT
In King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon, author David Montgomery analyzes the decline, in many cases the near extirpation, of once-abundant salmon fisheries in Great... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bob Osborne
Highly readable, accessible science and history. This should be required reading for anybody from the Pacific Northwest, or anybody who has anything to do with policy-making and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by RealCoug
Great, accessible history and analysis of British and North American human interaction with salmon. In many ways the story is an excellent puzzle piece, connecting various other... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tamlane
I took a class with Dr. Montgomery where he first talked about his book during one lecture. I finally got around to picking up a copy and I'm glad I did. Read morePublished 13 months ago by FishGuy69
This was a fascinating book on the history of salmon. It is the age old story of history repeating itself. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Karen Encelewski
An intensely researched book presenting an eye opening history of the decline of one of our most important resources. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Larry S. Leveen