Adult Nonfiction GE195 .W47 2004
Summary: "World changers aren't planners. The planners come later, with critics and social philosophers to mop up and win awards...World changers are the mothers weary of seeing their children abused and fathers who have had enough of petty tyrants. Rosa Parks, the seamstress who refused to sit in the back of the bus. Jesus. Buddha." Add to this list of world changers the ragtag group who founded Greenpeace in perhaps the least likely of settings: a quiet neighborhood dubbed "the Shire" in Vancouver, Canada. Follow this group of musicians, journalists, attorneys, teachers, sailors, and scientists as they attempt - and often succeed - to disrupt American nuclear bomb tests in the Aleutian Islands and French tests in the South Pacific, interfere with Japanese and Russian whale ships, halt Norwegian harp seal hunters in Newfoundland, and pressure the American government to comply with international peace-keeping and environmental efforts - all against overwhelming odds. Like any good novel, Rex Weyler's tale tells of cloak-and-dagger espionage, unlawful searches and seizures, police brutality and faulty arrests, high-seas piracy, and more than a few good old-fashioned miracles. Except, this isn't a novel; it's an emotionally charged, detailed history of Greenpeace's coming of age in the 1970s. Witness the organization's transformation from an effective, but decidedly underground, international heckler into an organized and mobilized global cultural celebrity. The events of Weyler's tale resonate today. Humanity still has much to do. And, as one of the players in Greenpeace points out, "The sooner we get on with it, the better." Book jacket.
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