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Against the tide : the fate of New England fisherman
Carey, Richard Adams.
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Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1999.
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381 pages ; 22 cm
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The world of the independent fisherman is a world of constant peril, of arcane folkways and expert knowledge, of calculated risk and self-reliance -- and of freedom won daily through backbreaking, solitary work. It's a way of life deep in the American grain. Richard Adams Carey spent a year with four New England fisherman, hauling traps, seeding clam beds, learning their work and why they do it. He tells of their luck, good and bad, on the water; of the winds and tides that toy with their boats and their lives; of the currents of history and the squalls of fisheries law and politics that continually threaten to swamp their livelihood. Reminiscent of the work of both John McPhee and Bill McKibben, Against the Tide is narrative journalism at its best, a masterly profile of four working men that on every page opens into something more: maritime history, marine ecology, and the poetic celebration of a special American place.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
1 Siegfried's Fabulous Hordep. 12
2 Ivy Day in the Committee Roomp. 46
3 Not as Bad as They're Crying It to Bep. 75
4 The Ghost of Harry Huntp. 99
5 Wampump. 123
6 Piss and Vinegarp. 140
7 The Solace of Outward Objectsp. 146
8 Terminator Runp. 155
9 Always Hopefullyp. 178
10 A Sea of Troublesp. 201
11 Another Fire Drillp. 218
12 The True Atlantic Housep. 244
13 In Cod We Trustp. 284
14 Men's Livesp. 320
Epiloguep. 356
Glossaryp. 367
Notesp. 369
Bibliographyp. 376
Acknowledgmentsp. 380