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Big Miracle Paperback – December 20, 2011
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My rating: 1.5 of 5 stars
Big Miracle is the book that inspired the movie of the same name. I haven't seen the movie yet and couldn't find a release date for the DVD. However, from what I could gather from reading about the movie online, it differs markedly from the book. It would have to - there is no way that Drew Barrymore would star in a movie that was as cynical about environmentalism and animal welfare as author Tom Rose's book is.
This book is a non-fiction account of the 1988 rescue attempt of three California Gray whales who were trapped in the ice near Barrow, Alaska. The author was one of several reporters in Barrow covering the rescue process. What could have been a very nice story about people of all different backgrounds coming together to save the whales was ruined by the author's cynicism and the opinions he inserted as facts that didn't have much to do with the actual story.
When this book was originally published in 1989, the title was Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World's Greatest Non-Event. Had I known that when this book was pitched to me, I would not have reviewed it. The cover of the new, movie tie-in edition reads, "Inspired by the Incredible True Story That United the World." The author did not feel that this story was incredible - at least not in a good way. He repeats often that the whales didn't need to be saved and that the amount of media coverage they received was ridiculous.
He also uses every opportunity to assert that we should be drilling for oil in Alaska and that the environmentalists have it all wrong. He offers up his opinions as facts with no footnotes or citations to back them up. In a non-fiction book, I expect to see research if opinions are inserted.Read more ›
The thing I least enjoyed was he kept saying things like, "Little did Barrow, Alaska know that the biggest event in history was about to happen to them." He said that so many times, I couldn't help but think, "hurry up and get to it!"
I hope the movie is better.
This is one book where I bet the movie is much better because it will focus on saving the whales! After spending years interviewing and researching, the author was apparently unwilling to prune out all the extraneous details to focus on the heart-warming story I assume is buried somewhere in this book. All in all, a disappointing and frustrating read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Big Miracle is one of my favorite movies. And love knowing it is based on a true event. I watch it frequently.Published 1 day ago by Agramma73
This book had a nice pace to it and the historical content was very interesting.Published 12 months ago by T White
Having watched the movie of the same name and enjoyed it, I decided that I would read this book to get the facts concerning this event. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kevin
I have to agree with the majority of the critical reviews. This book is not only biased in a brutish way against environmentalism, but it is also poorly written. Read morePublished 17 months ago by jds
Three whales are discovered trapped in the ice at the Top of the World. Video is shot and their plight appears in the newspaper. Read morePublished 18 months ago by ellison
I got about halfway through this book but lost interest. The author's racism is really off-putting - he repeatedly refers to non-native (ie: white) people as the "cultural... Read morePublished 24 months ago by carrieliney
Bought this book because I wanted to read it before I saw the movie. I am so disgusted with the book, that I lost interest in seeing the movie altogether. Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by renae c