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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762780592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762780594
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] beautiful and often heartbreaking book, one of the most important conservation works I’ve read in recent years... we need more books like this. It brings the past alive, and uses that past to chart a better course for the future. And more: like the best books, Running Silver helps us see our world in fresh, unexpected ways." - The Nature Conservancy

 “Like Thoreau, John Waldman can hear the fishes cry. His fine new book teaches us how to hear them, too. And, how we might save them and remake our rivers into vibrant natural places once again."                           Paul Gallay, Hudson Riverkeeper
"Running Silver" is an informative and fascinating history of the migratory salmon, shad, herring, and other runs that once swarmed the rivers and estuaries of the Atlantic coast. Most important,  this book  explains what we can do to restore these fisheries to their former abundance.  A great read and important blueprint for action." 
Bruce Babbitt, former Secretary of the Interior
 “Waldman’s account of the historical and biological disaster we’ve spawned is a critically important study of human greed and carelessness, but also a blueprint for the rescue of our once silver-filled rivers.”    —Richard Ellis, author of Tuna: A Love Story and Swordfish
"Running Silver is a deeply important book that highlights the ancient exchange
of biomass from land to sea and back again-through our finned creatures.  ... an
impassioned plea, a call to action, a book that everyone should know about and
read."
--James Prosek-artist and writer, author of Eels:  An Exploration from New Zealand
to the Sargasso of the World's most Mysterious Fish"

 
 
 

About the Author

John Waldman is a professor at the City University of New York and a leading voice in aquatic conservation biology. He is the author of the award-winning Heartbeats in the Muck: the History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor (Lyons), among other books.

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It is a reference book and a readable book.
Douglas Watts
The rich cultural and historical heritage we have inherited could still be restored with effort.
Thomas Evans
His writing style and selected short stories and segments flow well and create a fluid novel.
Eric Malone

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Evans on December 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book provides an excellent introduction to the diadromous fishes of the east coast. It is easily readable by professional and non-professionals and is a good reminder of what has been lost, while also offering solutions. The rich cultural and historical heritage we have inherited could still be restored with effort.

I agree with a prior reviewer that more maps would help many readers. I found myself flipping back to the first map on numerous occasion to orient myself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph R. Zaientz on November 7, 2013
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A good read since I own a shad museum and am a shad fisherman. The book is mostly about the damage dams have done to destroy diadromous fish runs plus what man has done in his ignorance to pollute our rivers. I: would have liked to see more maps to show the damed-up rivers he was talking about as it becomes a blur after a while without some visualization.As in reading the Founding Fish by John McFee, I have to reread the book to get a better understanding.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Watts on November 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
John Waldman deftly threads a personal narrative, a professional paper and a 400-year bibliography into one cohesive book, not an easy task. The overall theme is the loss of cultural memory of the commonplace of the aquatic life of the Atlantic seaboard (if you forget they ever existed, it's hard to bring them back). It is a reference book and a readable book. It rewards repeated visits.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Sautner on March 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a great, important book. It should be a clarion call for anglers, fish managers, officials, and the general public that we are on the verge of losing something we can not get back or we will be talking about the great runs of shad, alewives, American eel and other fish the way we do the lost herds of bison or passenger pigeon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Malone on April 4, 2015
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I found Running Silver to be one of the absolute best "fish-y" books I have ever read, and I read many! It is informative, while still being a very interesting story with a variety of different topics covered simply, but thoroughly. I could not put it down once I opened it and have re-read it many times over. His writing style and selected short stories and segments flow well and create a fluid novel.

As a person educated and working in the fisheries field, I found this book to not only be a fascinating read, but extremely educational and beneficial to helping me better understand many complex issues facing Atlantic rivers. Dr. Waldman's historical analysis of the degradation of these large rivers through historical documents and imagery, looks beyond the scope of many managers narrow perspectives on what condition our rivers were in and have fallen into now because of a lack of action and long term planning. His information is solid, with references, and his suggestions for recovery are extremely practical.

I would consider this book to be a very valuable tool to broadening ones understanding of diadromous fisheries in a long term, holistic sense. A great story and a great resource for quality information!
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