Red Summer
Book Topics
Environmental issues
commercial fisheries
Bristol Bay
salmon fisheries
Pebble Mine
Alaska
wildlife
native Alaskan issues
sustainable fisheries
copper mining
surface removal mining
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Red Summer : The Danger and Madness of Commercial Salmon Fishing in Alaska

A vivid, gripping account of the author Bill Carter's four summers spent in grueling and exhilaratingly hard work as a commercial salmon fisherman in a remote eskimo village in Alaska, and his rugged co-workers, particularly his crew-boss Sharon, who live by the credo: do the work or leave. Certain to appeal to adventurers, nature lovers, and armchair travelers. In the tradition of Jon Krakauer, Peter Matthiessen and Sebastien Junger, this is an honest and vivid story of what it means to leave so-called civilization behind for a life on the extreme edge, full of danger, excitement and untold beauty. "Carter simply gets everything right, from the damaged, broke, drunk fishermen with their carpal-tunnel-wracked arms to the sound of a thousand fish hitting a net at once."Outside (Required Reading, June 2008) Listen to Bill Carter interviewed on Portland's 105.1 FM
Book Topics
Environmental issues
commercial fisheries
Bristol Bay
salmon fisheries
Pebble Mine
Alaska
wildlife
native Alaskan issues
sustainable fisheries
copper mining
surface removal mining

Reviews and Comments

  • ""Red Summer" is about life at the extreme edge of the food chain, and nowhere is the food chain more violent, more awesome or more intense than in Egegik... This is the ugly side of commercial fishing that you don't see on the adrenaline-soaked Discovery Channel"
    (Sunday, June 1, 2008)
  • ""Red Summer" is actually the story of four summers, and although his descriptions of the brutality of the work and life are unflinching, he deftly illuminates their perverse appeal."
    (Sept. 3, 2008)
  • "Red Summer is a wonderful book about a rare subject, the mysterious pleasure of brutally hard work. Bill Carter proves again that he is a first-rate writer in fascinating tradition of Junger and Krakauer."
    Author, LEGENDS OF THE FALL, THE ENGLISH MAJOR
  • "Go fall off the edge of the earth and you might just get to a place where life still throbs. Bill Carter fell and felt the blasts of the Bering Sea blow away our pious lies about ourselves and the thing we call nature. This vivid and engaging book sketches the way to get home before we kill all hope of home. And the fishing ain't bad either."
    Author, DOWN BY THE RIVER: Drugs, Money, Murder and Family