Philosopher Fish: Sturgeon, Cavier, and the Geography of Desire

Philosopher Fish: Sturgeon, Cavier, and the Geography of Desire

by Richard Adams Carey

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Overview

A high-stakes cocktail of business, crime, diplomacy, technology, and the dilemmas of conservation, The Philosopher Fish is the epic story of a 250-million-year-old fish struggling to survive.

Since the days of the Persian Empire, caviar has trumpeted status, wealth, prestige, and sex appeal. In this remarkable journey to caviar's source, Carey immerses himself in the world of sturgeon, the fish that lays these golden eggs. The sturgeon has a fascinating biologic past-and a very uncertain future. Sturgeon populations worldwide have declined seventy percent in the last twenty years. Meanwhile the beluga sturgeon, producer of the most coveted caviar, has climbed to number four on the World Wildlife Fund's most-endangered species list.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582433523
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 02/14/2006
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

Prologuexi
1The Hero Descending1
2The World Is Not Enough31
3Flavors of the Divine Horizon55
4The People of the Sturgeon75
5Situation Unpleasant95
6A City of Water121
7Poor Man's Lobster145
8Russian California165
9A Poetry of Place183
10The Iron in the Garden203
11Thieves World225
12The Blood of the Earth241
13A Capacity for Wonder265
14The Gilded Morsel285
Epilogue301
Acknowledgments303
Bibliography307
Index321

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