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Two men face off against an all-powerful navyand#8212;and the fate of the oceanand#8217;s most majestic creatures hangs in the balance.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"A gripping, brilliantly told tale of the secret and deadly struggle between American national security and the kings of the oceans."and#8212;Bob Woodwardandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;I andgt;War of the Whalesandlt;/Iandgt; is the gripping tale of a crusading attorney who stumbles on one of the US Navyand#8217;s best-kept secrets: a submarine detection system that floods entire ocean basins with high-intensity soundand#8212;and drives whales onto beaches. As Joel Reynolds launches a legal fight to expose and challenge the Navy program, marine biologist Ken Balcomb witnesses a mysterious mass stranding of whales near his research station in the Bahamas. Investigating this calamity, Balcomb is forced to choose between his conscience and an oath of secrecy he swore to the Navy in his youth.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;When Balcomb and Reynolds team up to expose the truth behind an epidemic of mass strandings, the stage is set for an epic battle that pits admirals against activists, rogue submarines against weaponized dolphins, and national security against the need to safeguard the ocean environment. Waged in secret military labs and the nationand#8217;s highest court, andlt;I andgt;War of the Whalesandlt;/Iandgt; is a real-life thriller that combines the best of legal drama, natural history, and military intrigue.

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"In March of 2000, on Abaco Island in the Bahamas, a group of volunteers surrounded Ken Balcomb and his wife and research partner, Diane Claridge, eager to learn more about the Cuvier's and Blainville's beaked whales of the Great Bahama Canyon. Panic ensued as one of Balcomb's assistants delivered news of a stranded whale nearby. Although the volunteers were able to free this whale and push it back to deeper water, they learned of numerous strandings on several islands, and the mystery, along with Balcomb's quest to solve it, began. In this gripping detective tale, science writer Horwitz recreates a day-by-day account of the quest to find the reasons for the mass strandings; their discovery of the probable cause — the U.S. Navy's use of high-intensity active sonar; the Navy's resistance and cover-up of their use of sonar in the area; and the drawn-out struggles between Balcomb, Joel Reynolds of the Natural Resources Defence Council, and the Navy. In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that public interest lay in 'securing the strongest military defense rather than in enforcing marine mammal protection,' yet five years later continued research further solidified the position of various parties within the environmental movement that noise pollution poses grave threats to whales. Horwitz's riveting story illuminates the many challenges continuing to face environmentalists working with marine mammals. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Joshua Horwitz is the coauthor of two books of nonfiction, andlt;iandgt;Wrestling with Angelsandlt;/iandgt; (with Naomi Rosenblatt) and andlt;iandgt;If I Get to Fiveandlt;/iandgt; (with Fred Epstein, MD), as well as a young adult novel and several childrenand#8217;s books. In 1990, he co-founded Living Planet Books, an environmental small press and nonfiction packaging firm specializing in books by thought leaders in science, medicine, and psychologyandlt;iandgt;.andlt;/iandgt; In 2000, Horwitz co-founded AuthorsOnline, a website featuring the homepages of award-winning and bestselling authors.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451645019
Author:
Horwitz, Josh
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Horwitz, Joshua
Subject:
Military - Naval
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whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
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whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
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whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
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whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
Subject:
Military-Naval History
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whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
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whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
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whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
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whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
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whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
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whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
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whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
Subject:
whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
Subject:
whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
Subject:
Nature Studies-Ocean and Marine Biology
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whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
Subject:
whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
Subject:
whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
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whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
Subject:
whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
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whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
Subject:
whale wars, war of the whales, whales, types of whales, Joel Reynolds, National Resources Defense Council, natural resources, world wildlife fund, nature conservancy, natural resources defense council, joshua horwitz, sonar, navy sonar, navy dolphins
Subject:
whale wars; war of the whales; whales; types of whales; Joel Reynolds; National Resources Defense Council; natural resources; world wildlife fund; nature conservancy; joshua horwitz; sonar; navy sonar; navy dolphins
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20140731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
rough front; 16pp insert, photos t-o, en
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
234.95 x 158.75 mm

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Product details 448 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781451645019 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In March of 2000, on Abaco Island in the Bahamas, a group of volunteers surrounded Ken Balcomb and his wife and research partner, Diane Claridge, eager to learn more about the Cuvier's and Blainville's beaked whales of the Great Bahama Canyon. Panic ensued as one of Balcomb's assistants delivered news of a stranded whale nearby. Although the volunteers were able to free this whale and push it back to deeper water, they learned of numerous strandings on several islands, and the mystery, along with Balcomb's quest to solve it, began. In this gripping detective tale, science writer Horwitz recreates a day-by-day account of the quest to find the reasons for the mass strandings; their discovery of the probable cause — the U.S. Navy's use of high-intensity active sonar; the Navy's resistance and cover-up of their use of sonar in the area; and the drawn-out struggles between Balcomb, Joel Reynolds of the Natural Resources Defence Council, and the Navy. In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that public interest lay in 'securing the strongest military defense rather than in enforcing marine mammal protection,' yet five years later continued research further solidified the position of various parties within the environmental movement that noise pollution poses grave threats to whales. Horwitz's riveting story illuminates the many challenges continuing to face environmentalists working with marine mammals. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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