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Featured Books—August 2016 Issue


Hunters and Killers: Volume 2: Anti-Submarine Warfare from 1943

By Norman Polmar and Edward Whitman
Hardcover. 272 pp. Naval Institute Press. $30.01


The second book of this two-volume series begins at the turning point of the Battle of the Atlantic, when Allied efforts forced the U-boats to withdraw from the North Atlantic. With cryptologic breakthroughs, growing numbers of escort and long-range patrol aircraft, and new weapons and tactics, the Allied anti-submarine turned the tide of battle. After World War II, the book turns to the Cold War and examines the anti-submarine warfare developments this confrontation inspired.

Transforming the Fisheries: Neoliberalism,
Nature, and the Commons


By Patrick Bresnihan
Hardback. 240 pp. University of Nebraska Press. $45.00


This book examines how scientific, economic and regulatory responses to the problem of overfishing have changed over the past 20 years. Based on fieldwork in a commercial fishing port in Ireland, Bresnihan weaves together ethnography, science, history and social theory to explore the changing relationships between knowledge, nature and the market. For Bresnihan, many of the key concepts that govern contemporary environmental thinking—such as scarcity, sustainability, the commons and enclosure—should be reconsidered in light of the collapse of global fish stocks and the different ways this problem is being addressed.

Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World

By Judith D. Schwartz
Hardback. 256 pp. St. Martins Press. $17.88


Water scarcity is on everyone’s mind. Long taken for granted, water availability has entered the realm of economics, politics, and people’s food and lifestyle choices. But as anxiety mounts, many are finding new routes to water security with key implications for food access, economic resilience and climate change. Animated by stories around the globe, this book is an inspiring reminder that fixing the future of our drying planet involves understanding what makes natural systems thrive.


Torn in Two: The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell and One Man's Survival on the Open Sea

By Michael Schumacher
Hardback. 200 pp. University of Minnesota Press. $25.95


Dennis Hale reached the dock just in time to see the Daniel J. Morrell heading out to open waters, a 600-ft. freighter that had plied the waters for 60 years, carrying ore from Minnesota’s Iron Range to steel firms around the Great Lakes. The 26-year-old watchman missed the boat—which meant scrambling to rejoin the Morrell at its next stop or forfeit a good chunk of his pay. Three days later, Hale would find himself clinging to a life raft alongside the frozen bodies of his crewmates in the violent waves of Lake Huron. The boat would not be reported missing for another 27 hr., and by the time the life raft was found, Hale would remain the sole survivor of the wreck.



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