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The Philosopher Fish

Sturgeon, Caviar, and the Geography of Desire

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February 14, 2006 | Paperback |  5.3 x 8, 352 Pages | ISBN 9781582433523
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"With the humanism and narrative mastery that won him acclaim for Against the Tide, ecojournalist Carey weaves the story of an enigmatic fish..." —Publishers Weekly

Since the days of the Persian empire, caviar has trumpeted status, wealth, prestige, and sex appeal. Today it goes for up to one hundred dollars an ounce, and aficionados will go to extraordinary lengths to get their fill of it. According to acclaimed writer Richard Adams Carey, that’s just the problem. In this spectacular jaunt, Carey immerses himself in the world of sturgeon, the fish that lays these golden eggs. What he finds is disturbing. Sturgeon population worldwide have declined 70 percent in the last twenty years, most drastically in the Caspian Sea. The beluga sturgeon, producer of the most coveted caviar, has climbed to number four on the World Wildlife Fund’s most-endangered species list. Armed with a novelist’s eye for human eccentricity and an investigator’s nose for trouble Carey takes us on an illuminating journey across the globe to uncover, the secrets of the sturgeon. On that trek we meet the fascinating real-life characters both profiting from its scarcity and fighting to save it. A high-stakes cocktail of business, diplomacy, technology, and espionage, The Philosopher Fish is, at its heart, the epic story of a 250-million year-old fish struggling to survive.

RICHARD ADAMS CAREY was born in Connecticut and educated at Harvard College. After his graduation he went to work in a northwestern sawmill, and he has since divided his time between Alaska and New England. Carey lives with his family in North Sandwich, New Hampshire, and works at the Holderness School.

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“With the humanism and narrative mastery that won him acclaim for Against the Tide, ecojournalist Carey weaves the story of an enigmatic fish and the “multitude of hooks” in the “gilded morsel”… The interconnected stories Carey shares converge in a deeper understanding of the human species, one whose desires are embodied as much by the gun-toting buccaneers of the Caspian coast as by the rain-slickered and lab-coated ranks of the world’s sturgeon hatcheries.” —Publishers Weekly

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