Synopses & Reviews
Most people know Ted Danson as the affable bartender Sam Malone in the long-running television series Cheers
. But fewer realize that over the course of the past two and a half decades, Danson has tirelessly devoted himself to the cause of heading off a looming global catastrophe—the massive destruction of our planet's oceanic biosystems and the complete collapse of the world's major commercial fisheries.
In Oceana, Danson details his journey from joining a modest local protest in the mid-1980s to oppose offshore drilling near his Southern California neighborhood to his current status as one of the world's most influential oceanic environmental activists, testifying before congressional committees in Washington, D.C., addressing the World Trade Organization in Zurich, Switzerland, and helping to found Oceana, the largest organization in the world focused solely on ocean conservation.
In his incisive, conversational tone, Danson describes what has happened to our oceans in just the past half-century, ranging from the ravages of overfishing and habitat destruction to the devastating effects of ocean acidification and the wasteful horrors of fish farms. Danson also shares the stage of Oceana with some of the world's most respected authorities in the fields of marine science, commercial fishing, and environmental law, as well as with other influential activists.
In vivid, personal prose, Oceana powerfully illustrates the impending crises and offers solutions that may allow us to avert them, showing you the specific courses of action you can take to become active, responsible stewards of our planet's most precious resource—its oceans.
"Matching outrage with humor and hope, Danson provides inspiration and realistic guidelines for ending oceanic pillaging and poisoning in this engaging, alluringly illustrated volume." ---Booklist
Actor-turned-environmental-activist Ted Danson details the ongoing destruction of our oceans and offers solutions to avert the resulting global catastrophe while we still can.
About the Author
Ted Danson has acted in a wide variety of roles on both film and television, including his starring role in the television series Cheers. He has won two Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards and been nominated for many more, and currently appears in three critically acclaimed television shows: Damages, Bored to Death, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Originally from Arizona, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. In 1987, Danson helped to found the American Oceans Campaign, an organization established to alert Americans to the hazards created by oil spills, offshore development, toxic waste, sewage, pollution, and other ocean abuses. In 2001, the American Oceans Campaign became Oceana, the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation, and Danson serves on Oceana's board of directors. He lives with his wife and family in Los Angeles. Michael D'Orso's work includes fifteen books, seven of which have been bestsellers and three of which have been Pulitzer Prize nominees. His subjects range from politics to professional football, from racial confict to environmental destrution. His work has been featured or reviewed in publications including the New Yorker, the New York Times, Time, and Newsweek, and he has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, C-Span's Book TV, MSNBC, and numerous National Public Radio programs. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, where he earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees, his writing has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Reader's Digest, and the Washington Post, among others. He lives in Norfolk, Virginia. Audiobook veteran and AudioFile Earphones Award winner Michael Kramer has recorded more than two hundred audiobooks for trade publishers and many more for the Library of Congress Talking Books program. His audiobooks include North and South by John Jakes, and a number of other Jakes titles; capers and mysteries by Donald E. Westlake (a.k.a. Richard Stark), including Money for Nothing; and Robert Jordan's fantasy-adventure fiction. In addition, Michael received Audie Award nominations for The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson and Dead Aim by Thomas Perry, and a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Savages by Don Winslow.