Stronghold: One Man's Quest to Save the World's Wild Salmon

Stronghold: One Man's Quest to Save the World's Wild Salmon Review

“A powerful and inspiring story. Guido Rahr’s mission to save the wild Pacific salmon leads him into adventures that make for a breathtakingly exciting read.”—Ian Frazier, author of Travels in Siberia

In the tradition of Mountains Beyond Mountains and The Orchid Thief, Stronghold is Tucker Malarkey’s gripping chronicle of an unlikely visionary and his crusade to protect the world’s last bastion for wild salmon. From a young age, Guido Rahr was a misfit among his family and classmates, preferring to spend his time in the natural world. An obsessive fly-fisherman, Rahr noticed when the salmon runs of the Pacific Northwest began to decline—and was one of the few who understood why. As dams, industry, and climate change degraded the homes of these magnificent fish, Rahr saw that the salmon of the Pacific Rim were destined to go the way of their Atlantic brethren: near extinction.

An improbable and inspiring story, Stronghold takes us on a wild adventure, from Oregon to Alaska to one of the world’s last remaining salmon strongholds in the Russian Far East, a landscape of ecological richness and diversity that is rapidly being developed for oil, gas, minerals, and timber. And along the way Rahr must navigate a tangled web of scientists, conservationists, Russian oligarchs, corrupt officials, impenetrable bureaucracies, and unexpected allies in order to set into motion a plan to secure the survival of the endangered salmon, an extraordinary keystone species whose demise would reverberate across the planet.

Tucker Malarkey, who accompanies Rahr to the Russian wilderness and reports on events from up close, has written a clarion call for a sustainable future, a remarkable work of natural history, and a riveting account of a species whose future is closely linked to that of our own.

“All fishermen know that we have to fight to save the waters we love. Stronghold tells a captivating story of the struggle to save the last great salmon rivers.”—Johnny Morris, founder/owner of Bass Pro shops, owner of Cabela’s

Title:Stronghold: One Man's Quest to Save the World's Wild Salmon

    Stronghold: One Man's Quest to Save the World's Wild Salmon Reviews

  • Sharn (Caffeine & Commas)

    Stronghold deliverers the importance of our planet, conservation and sustainability in a nice neat adventure filled package! Stronghold chronicles the life and triumphs of Guido Rahr, one of the incr...

  • Michele Benchouk

    This book is an eye-opener on the crisis regarding salmon health around the globe. There were so many points that I never knew about: how different salmon varieties prefer different parts of a river f...

  • Kelsey Hennegen

    Yes, this is a non-fiction book about salmon, but it is also an extraordinary story, told with rich language and a fluid, playful cadence. There's this balance between the concrete and explicit (bio-d...

  • sarah  morgan

    Thank you, Net Galley and Spiegel & Grau for the chance to read this astonishing book. I chose it initially because of the title. As a native Oregonian, I thought it would interest me because salmon i...

  • Jill

    5 starsA fascinating look at the world's declining salmon population and the ecological concerns happening around the world. The future is grim if changes are not made soon. I definitely recommend thi...

  • Schuyler Wallace

    As a lifelong hard-core fisherman, I have despaired at humanity’s handling of the salmon’s existence. Totally a slave to its own stubborn fight for life, the salmon’s numbers have greatly dimin...

  • Csimplot Simplot

    Excellent book!!!...

  • Cavak

    Stronghold is an extraordinary read. It has a wild streak for hunters yet it's approachable for those who aren't fans. Romanticism for the wild is both embraced and restrained, a curious balance that ...

  • Nathan Schmidt

    I received an advance copy through Goodreads First Reads, and I am grateful for the opportunity.This is a moving book that connects with you on an emotional level - after all, as Guido learned, to get...

  • Hannah

    I don't know whether this book is being mis-marketed or if I just made it up in my head that it would be as informative as Paul Greenburg's Four Fish, but Stronghold was too much a biography about one...