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Author: Paul Greenberg Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Penguin Audio Audio Length: Release Date: April 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593662694

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“A necessary book for anyone truly interested in what we take from the sea to eat, and how, and why.” —Sam Sifton, The New York Times Book Review Acclaimed author of American Catch and The Omega Princple and life-long fisherman, Paul Greenberg takes us on a journey, examining the four fish that dominate our menus: salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna. Investigating the forces that get fish to our dinner tables, Greenberg reveals our damaged relationship with the ocean and its inhabitants. Just three decades ago, nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild. Today, rampant overfishing and an unprecedented biotech revolution have brought us to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex marketplace. Four Fish offers a way for us to move toward a future in which healthy and sustainable seafood is the rule rather than the exception.

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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " "To most people an animal is either food or wildlife. If a fish ends up in the market, humans will come to the obvious conclusion that it is food; they will then choose to eat it, even if they are warned that the fish is endangered or contaminated with mercury." p. 226 "

    - Jessica, 2/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A great book for anyone who likes to eat or catch fish. "

    - Sueper, 2/2/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Ichthyophiles beware, this book is a bit of a downer. Sure, you've heard of overfishing, but you can't possibly be part of the problem, right? Well, fish is a food just as fraught with environmental-moral quandaries as anything to be found on land. Greenberg gives an overview of the modern problems of fish through four representative (and delicious!!) species, and the biology of the fish and their oft-attempted domestication is pretty fascinating stuff. As for the question of changing the world, man, it's going to be hard, and he doesn't seem to put much faith in individualistic purchase-power protests, instead insisting we've really got to lobby our governments to get more consistent protections for fish before their stocks are below retrievable levels. In any case, you're probably going to think twice about ordering that Toro. "

    - Michelle, 1/22/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " An important topic, an important book... all the more so because Greenberg writes about fish the way some people write about tragic romances. A must-read. "

    - Maggie, 1/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book was absorbing, engaging book. I enjoyed learning about these four important food fish. The book explores efforts being made to replace them or save them from being eaten into extinction. "

    - Alain, 12/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Not only a good story but highly educational. The author engages you in the questions that sustainable fisheries raise. Even weeks after reading the book I find myself pondering the issues he raised. A real eye opener too on the latest "solutions". "

    - Gao, 12/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Very well written and research, Crap . . . I used to love catching tuna before reading this book. "

    - Max, 12/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I read this book while touring the Olympic Peninsula, where salmon, one of the four fish, is an important target for rescue of habitat. I found it very interesting and informative about the culture of fish. "

    - Almeda, 12/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very informative book on the history of the 4 big fish we est and the reality of today's supply and demand. Interesting exploration into how fish get on our plates and how that has changed over the years. I recommend it! "

    - Kim, 11/16/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Pretty good read and I still wanted to eat fish. It actually made me feel less guily about eating them, too! "

    - Julie, 11/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Gives a nice overview and helps to explain some of the changes we've seen in our local fish market (like where did tilapia come from all of a sudden). Makes me want to read more on the topic. "

    - Joe, 10/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I only made it halfway through before needing to return it to the library--which isn't my norm. I blame summertime malaise and too much on the brain. That said, I found it pretty readable and interesting. I'll finish it eventually. "

    - Ehrrin, 3/15/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Very informative for someone like me--a complete novice to fishing and anything related to the current challenges with fishing. I had an easy time following along and there were plenty of anecdotes mixed in to keep me from feeling too overwhelmed by all the new info. "

    - Beck, 12/18/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It improved as it progressed, but still, I had hoped it would be a bit better. "

    - Ann, 8/4/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Sobering and well-researched look at the fragility of our food chain "

    - Candace, 12/28/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I am glad that I read it for the facts alone. The writing needed help. I lost interest frequently. Mark Kurlansky's "Cod" was better by far. "

    - Krysta, 11/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really liked the tone of this book. Greenberg's own history of sport fishing and his thoughtful and often quite reserved voice worked for me. Thought the book was exceptionally well-organized. "

    - Kim, 5/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Interesting. Likes The Last Fish better...more "story" to it. "

    - Ellen, 5/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " So far interesting. But similar to books like this... Depressing that humanity is so destructive and how good we are at screwing up nature's ecosystems. "

    - Deena, 5/6/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Charming and informative book about humankind's relationship with its last wild food, and how to preserve it for future generations. "

    - Kaworu, 4/26/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is really incredibly well done, not only as a history of these fish, but of related species and how we deal with the future of seafood. "

    - Alexander, 4/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book presents investigations into the current status of four popular fish: salmon, bass, cod and tuna. Overall, this book is well researched and well written, and is recommended to anyone with an interest in food, fish, or nutrition. "

    - Erika, 4/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The author makes a convincing case for some measures which must be taken to preserve the wild stocks and to promote responsible fish farming methods worldwide. "

    - Richard, 4/13/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Very informative, often surprising look at the fishing industry. It didn't always hold my interest, however. "

    - Thomas, 4/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I'm really glad I read this one. A sideways look at the fish farming industry that is interesting in its own right, but leaves me wanting to find out more about the health of the oceans on a much larger scale. "

    - Falbs, 3/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I read Cod, I read A History of the World in Six Glasses, it only made sense to read this one. Good, not great, a bit depressing. "

    - William, 3/15/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Raises more issues than suggestions (it provides a few), but an interesting and informative read about one huge part of our food system that doesn't get nearly enough attention. "

    - Emilee, 3/5/2011

About the Author

Paul Greenberg has been fishing since childhood and writing for the New York Times, National Geographic, and GQ since adulthood. In 2005, his New York Times Magazine article on Chilean Sea Bass received the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Award for excellence in food journalism. Greenberg has also received both a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a Food and Society Policy Fellowship. He lives in Manhattan.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He has been awarded the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration several times and has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards.