One man's thrilling and transporting journey by canoe across Alaska in search of the king salmonThe Yukon river is 2,000 miles long, the longest stretch of free-flowing river in the United States. In this riveting examination of one of the last wild places on earth, Adam Weymouth canoes along the river's length, from Canada's Yukon Territory, through Alaska, to the Bering Sea. The result is a book that shows how even the most remote wilderness is affected by the same forces reshaping the rest of the planet.Every summer, hundreds of thousands of king salmon migrate the distance of the Yukon to their spawning grounds, where they breed and die, in what is the longest salmon run in the world. For the communities that live along the river, salmon was once the lifeblood of the economy and local culture. But climate change and a globalized economy have fundamentally altered the balance between man and nature; the health and numbers of king salmon are in question, as is the fate of the communities that depend on them.Traveling along the Yukon as the salmon migrate, a four-month journey through untrammeled landscape, Adam Weymouth traces the fundamental interconnectedness of people and fish through searing and unforgettable portraits of the individuals he encounters. He offers a powerful, nuanced glimpse into indigenous cultures, and into our ever-complicated relationship with the natural world. Weaving in the rich history of salmon across time as well as the science behind their mysterious life cycle, Kings of the Yukon is extraordinary adventure and nature writing at its most urgent and poetic....
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Kings of the Yukon: One Summer Paddling Across the Far North Reviews
Visited Alaska and the Yukon last summer. To be able to read about the places that we visited was a delightful experience, able to remember the scenery and people who make their homes along the Yukon. If you are planning a trip, read the book as you travel, you won't regret it. Well written book.
An interesting narrative of life on the Yukon River told by someone who paddled its entire length in a canoe. Vivid descriptions of the ever changing landscape, visits and discussions with the peoples who live on the river banks and their ways of life. The peoples lives historically revolved around the Chinook or King salmon and greed by both national and foreign companies have decimated the salmon populations which in turn greatly affected the peoples of the Yukon River. Government actions to p ...more
Meandering like the Yukon - but brilliantly detailed and scarily precise about the catastrophic reduction of the salmon population. An important read.