From Library Journal
An outgrowth of Taylor's doctoral dissertation, this book addresses many aspects of the salmon crisis: aboriginal fishing, European settlement (including mining and agriculture), hatcheries, industrial fisheries, and pen rearing of salmon. He concludes with a chapter calling for all parties to take responsibility for salmon stocks and habitat restoration. Well researched and well documented, the book captures the complexity of the salmon's plight and presents it in a well-organized format. Fully a third of the book is devoted to notes from chapters, citation abbreviations, source notes for maps, and the bibliographic essay. Making Salmon is a fairly opinionated treatment of the subject. A similar book with a more even tone is Upstream: Salmon and Society in the Pacific Northwest (National Academy Pr., 1996), but both works deserve a place in every academic and public library, particularly those in the Pacific Northwest.ABarbara Butler, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Charleston
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Of the nearly dozen books written about Pacific salmon in the last few years, this is the best and most informative.
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.
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)
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)
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