The End of the River: Dams, Drought and Deja Vu on the Rio Sao Francisco

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When biologist Brian Harvey saw a thousand fish blundering into a Brazilian dam, he asked the obvious: What's going to happen to them? The End of the River is the story of his long search for an answer. The End of the River is about people and rivers and the misuse of science. Harvey takes readers from a fisheries patrol boat on the Fraser River to the great Tsukiji fish market in Japan, with stops in the Philippines, Thailand, and assorted South American countries. Finally, in the arid outback of northeast Brazil, against a backdrop of a multi-billion dollar river project nobody seems to want, he finds a small-scale answer to his simple question. The End of the River is a journey with many companions. Some are literary, some are imaginary. But mostly they're real characters, human and otherwise: a six-foot endangered catfish, a Canadian professor with a weakness for Thai bar girls, a chain-smoking Brazilian Brunnhilde with a passion for her river, a drug-addled stick-up artist. The End of the River is about fishermen and fish farmers and even fish cops; there are scientists and shysters as well as a few Colombian narcotraficos and some very drunk, very hairy Brazilian men in thongs. Funny and sad, The End of the River is a new kind of writing about the environment, as far off the beaten track as you can get in a Land Rover driven by a female Colombian biologist whose favourite expression is "Oops - no road!" "A wonderful and engaging read with a samba beat, on the plight of the planet's living waters. The End of the River is the book Nemo would write if he could. A great way to open peoples' eyes." – Thomas E. Lovejoy, President, Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment

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Brian Harvey is an international policy and practice expert in aquatic biodiversity. He is the founder and former president and executive director of the World Fisheries Trust. He is the coauthor of Migratory Fishes of South America. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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"[A] freewheeling and vividly written essay on the mysteries and longings of what it is to be human in a world of cynicism and loss and more significantly, what it is to be hopeful, to persevere, in the search for redemption and beauty. . . . The End of the River is a brilliant and instructive book, alive with the author's seditious intelligence, his inner compulsions and restlessness, the lot of which are wedded to his literal journey in a way that recalls the travel writing of one of Harvey's heroes, Sir Richard Burton."  Globe & Mail



"[Brian Harvey] may have created a new literary genre: science travel writing . . . . We rarely expect a scientist to be a great wordsmith; frequently, we don’t expect him to be comprehensible. But this West Coast fish biologist writes entertainingly in a variety of  modes. Travelogue, autobiography, history, and even fantasy romp alongside the biology."  Quill & Quire



"Transports the reader to the riverbank. . . . Those who depend on the river are fortunate to have Harvey as their advocate."  Victoria Times Colonist



"A wonderful and engaging read with a samba beat, on the plight of the planet's living waters. The End of the River is the book Nemo would write if he could. A great way to open peoples' eyes."  Thomas E. Lovejoy, president, Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment

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