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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant; [Large Print] edition (December 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1458717216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1458717214
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,283,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Given that whaling seems to be an eternally controversial issue it is a huge compliment to ex-journalist Chris Pash that he has managed to find an objective middle path in this engrossing story of the first Greenpeace campaign in Australia."  —Sydney Morning Herald



"[Pash] captures the shift in the public mood that made whaling morally unacceptable . . . Carrying the emotional freight of the story are intriguing characters on both sides, such as the Frenchman known as the Phantom."  —The Age



"Chris Pash portrays the campaign—the first direct Greenpeace action in Australia—as a tale of high drama in the Southern Ocean, with protesters risking their lives in little rubber dinghies as they attempt to obstruct the whaling vessels."  —Bookseller+Publisher


"A timely reminder of how far we’ve come since the days of routine slaughter, of how hard conservationists fought to bring it to an end, and how vigilant we must be in making sure that the dark days of whaling are behind us forever."  —Tim Winton, author, The Turning: Stories



"An important contribution to Australian history and to the protection of whales. From a historical perspective, it chronicles the people and events which created Greenpeace in Australia and it also seeks to understand the minds and thinking of those who hunted whales in Australia."  —Steve Shallhorn, CEO Greenpeace Australia Pacific



"Thoroughly researched and presents a fair and balanced account . . . vividly replays the events of that time. It is a history book, yes, but it's also a darn good read."  —The Sound Telegraph

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Chris Pash, former editor, correspondent, bureau chief and newswire chief executive, was a cadet journalist at the Albany Advertiser in 1977 when activists launched Greenpeaces first direct action in Australia. It was his on-the-spot reporting of the experiences of both whalers and activists during this time that inspired his first book; The Last Whale. After leaving Albany he worked with Australian Associated Press as a reporter in Sydney, a staff correspondent in Papua New Guinea, the bureau chief in Adelaide and the editor-in-charge in Sydney. In 1995, Pash was the founding CEO of Asia Pulse, a joint regional venture of Asian news companies which pioneered the creation, aggregation and distribution of electronic content in the Asia-Pacific Region. He lives with his wife and two children in Sydney and is an executive in the news and information industry.

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By Bill Kelble (Princeton, NJ, USA)

Author Chris Pash was a cub reporter in Albany in Western Australia in the late 1970's, and reported on a clash between Greenpeace activists and the last commercial whaling enterprise in Australia.

Pash's book offers a highly readable account of the clash, with insights into the thinking and actions of the anti-whaling group, as well as an understanding portrayal of the men who worked the whale boats.

The book chronicles the end of the Australian whaling industry, but whales are still hunted in the Southern Ocean and elsewhere, and Greenpeace continues to fight the practice. Pash's book offers help in understanding this with an inside look at how such a clash played out some 30 years ago.

Whether you're a history buff, a nature-lover, or just interested in a good yarn, I highly recommend this book. It reveals something of the majesty of the whale, while also bringing you a grasp of the honest, hard work that went into making a living off of the whale.
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By Ellen Fontana on October 31, 2013
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This book is a thorough and amazing accounting of the actual events that took place in Albany, WA during the first Greenpeace protest. It's told from a personal point of view from a reporter who was there and witnessed it and put together the history of the participants and their point of views. Great and exciting reading! A true first hand valuable account of history in the making.
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By Caroline A. Thompson on December 19, 2014
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An engaging experience, well worth reading.
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More About the Author

The Last Whale was partly based on Chris Pash's experiences as a cadet reporter at the Albany Advertiser in Western Australia's south in the 1970s. He was a foreign correspondent, bureau chief and editor before falling into the business side of news in the mid 1990s and founding a successful Asia joint venture news company. He is currently further developing the commercial side of his brain for a global media company. Between a demanding work schedule and busy home life, he uses social media to promote the writings of WA authors and is guest editor of indigo Literary Journal. Sometimes he finds a few minutes to write his own words. His next book will be a biography of the late Bob Hunter, a Canadian who founded Greenpeace. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, a dog and a rabbit.

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