"[A] beautiful and often heartbreaking book, one of the most important conservation works I've read in recent years... we need more books like this. It brings the past alive, and uses that past to chart a better course for the future. And more: like the best books, Running Silver helps us see our world in fresh, unexpected ways." - The Nature Conservancy "Like Thoreau, John Waldman can hear the fishes cry. His fine new book teaches us how to hear them, too. And, how we might save them and remake our rivers into vibrant natural places once again." Paul Gallay, Hudson Riverkeeper"Running Silver" is an informative and fascinating history of the migratory salmon, shad, herring, and other runs that once swarmed the rivers and estuaries of the Atlantic coast. Most important, this book explains what we can do to restore these fisheries to their former abundance. A great read and important blueprint for action." Bruce Babbitt, former Secretary of the Interior "Waldman's account of the historical and biological disaster we've spawned is a critically important study of human greed and carelessness, but also a blueprint for the rescue of our once silver-filled rivers." Richard Ellis, author of Tuna: A Love Story and Swordfish"Running Silver is a deeply important book that highlights the ancient exchange of biomass from land to sea and back again-through our finned creatures. ... an impassioned plea, a call to action, a book that everyone should know about and read."James Prosek-artist and writer, author of Eels: An Exploration from New Zealand to the Sargasso of the World's most Mysterious Fish"