Hair of the Dog: Tales from Aboard a Russian Trawler

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Barbara Oakley's riveting portrayal of espionage, lust, comic adventure, hard work - and harder drinking - brings to life a little-known episode of American history when two cold-warring nations got together to fish the north Pacific. The joint fishing venture saw a brief period of success during the 1980s when Americans caught fish within the two-hundred mile maritime limit, then passed them off at sea to Russian processing trawlers. Oakley served as a translator aboard the processing ships, and Hair of the Dog ...
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Overview

Barbara Oakley's riveting portrayal of espionage, lust, comic adventure, hard work - and harder drinking - brings to life a little-known episode of American history when two cold-warring nations got together to fish the north Pacific. The joint fishing venture saw a brief period of success during the 1980s when Americans caught fish within the two-hundred mile maritime limit, then passed them off at sea to Russian processing trawlers. Oakley served as a translator aboard the processing ships, and Hair of the Dog is her true-life story of volatile Russian and American fishermen forced to work together. Barbara Oakley proved to be a resourceful translator - one who could silence the KGB with a squirt gun or handle a mob of drunken Russians seeking nirvana at K-Mart in downtown Portland. She is an equally imaginative author who has provided one of those rarest of book finds: a reflection upon an unknown world; and entertaining tale of adventure; and a thought-provoking examination of the intertwining consequences of fanaticism, greed, and opportunity.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780874221343
  • Publisher: Washington State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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  • Posted March 22, 2009

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    A Fishy Alliance

    During the midst of the Cold War, an unlikely alliance between American and Russian fishermen emerged in the north Pacific. In the 1980's, Americans caught fish and passed them off to Russian processing trawlers under the supervision of a business deal called Joint Venture. Barbara Oakley served as a translator aboard Russian ships and pens her adventures with terminal Russian drunkenness, incompetent captains, and suspicious KGB agents in a light, comical form.

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