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The Superferry Chronicles: Hawaii's Uprising Against Militarism, Commercialism, and the Desecration of the Earth Paperback – November 10, 2008


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"[Jerry Mander is] the patriarch of the anti globalization movement." -- Andrew Revkin, NYT, 2007

"[Mander is] the Ralph Nader of advertising."--Wall Street Journal, 1971

About the Author

Koohan Paik's films have won awards at the Berlin International Film Festival, NY Exposition of Short Film & Video, and elsewhere. Her recent work focuses on environmental and cultural issues, including a docudrama of a Hawaiian-language literarary classic, The True Story of Kaluaikoolau, and La Vendemmia, a visual ode to traditional Sicilian winemaking, which was included in the 2007 Mediterranean Environmental Award media festival. Her YouTube film, Discover Kauai, is credited with galvanizing the environmental movement on Kauai. She is a media-literacy educator on Kauai.

Founder and Director of International Forum on Globalization, an international think-tank. Founder and former director of Public Media Center, country's first nonprofit advertising company, working only for nonprofits (Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Planned Parenthood, etc.) Before that had successful career in commercial advertising, president of Freeman, Mander & Gossage (until 1971). Author of several best-sellers, including Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television (500,000 copies), and In the Absence of the Sacred (90,000 copies.)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Koa Books (November 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977333884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977333882
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,436,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All in all a very good book, look forward to the second printing.
B. Parsons
It's hard to see how anyone living in a group of ocean islands could object to an interisland ferry, but the explanation will keep you engrossed in turning the pages.
Archie Mead
It cracks me up that the context ads are touting Superferry tickets on this website!
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For those who have visited the islands and often wondered why the inter-island ferry didn't work to the benefit of tourists, islanders and businesses, this book offers a great expose of what went on behind the scenes that prevented the ferry system from happening. Lots of interesting debate and information on what would have been a slam dunk for the islands to why it didn't happen.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Archie Mead on February 2, 2009
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Koohan Paik and Jerry Mander's new book The Superferry Chronicles documents the fascinating story of how the little Island of Kauai, known mostly as a lush tropical vacation spot, recently wrestled with some of the weightier issues of our time: the needs of the state versus the rights of the citizen, capitalism versus community and development versus preservation. What makes The Superferry Chronicles such an exciting read is that it's a perfect triumph-of-the-little-guy adventure story, which also happens to be true.

It's hard to see how anyone living in a group of ocean islands could object to an interisland ferry, but the explanation will keep you engrossed in turning the pages. As Paik and Mander meticulously document, deceptive Washington military megacontractors, led by a former Navy Secretary and abetted by a Governor with her eye on a career move to D.C., manipulate their own rules to dodge an otherwise-mandatory Environmental Impact Study (EIS). Result: huge boat, obviously designed for Pacific theater military transport rather than interisland ferry service, slices through whale calving grounds way too fast to stop in time.

Alarmed Kauai residents decide to just say no (the Governor, after all, is a Reagan Republican) and literally jump into the water to block the boat as it attempts to enter their island's only harbor. Fabulous iconic photograph: a lone surfer sitting on his board, arms raised, confronting a ship so massive the surfer shrinks to insect size. The David-versus-Goliath potency of this image catapulted Kauai (population 63,000) briefly into the international media spotlight.

Governor now orders the canvas covers off the Coast Guard patrol boat's decktop 40-cal.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Parsons on November 29, 2008
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Facinating read that's hard to set down. Thorough coverage of the issue well known to people in Hawaii but with global implications. Excellent coverage of local testimonies not previously transcribed. Good timeline of events in the book not compiled in any other published source. Excellent contributed pieces throughout the book from various experts on related subject matter. All in all a very good book, look forward to the second printing.
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