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Big miracle – tekijä: Tom Rose

Big miracle (vuoden 2011 painos)

– tekijä: Tom Rose

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Recounts the true story of three California Gray whales imprisoned in Arctic ice in 1988 and the network of activists, businesses, and governments that worked together to rescue the whales.
Teoksen nimi:Big miracle
Kirjailijat:Tom Rose
Info:New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2011.
Kokoelmat:SBARR books
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Big Miracle (tekijä: Tom Rose)


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I seem to be running into a lot of books that I skid out of recently. This is yet another where the cover blurb is great, but the rest is thin and not enough to sustain interest - at least not as an audiobook where it is hard to skim ahead. I got fed up around CD3 and switched to light fiction instead. ( )
  JLsBibliomania | Mar 31, 2013 |
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This was an early review book I received with the title "Everybody Loves Whales". I'm told that "Big Miracle" differs only in updated information on people and events. I received this about the same time that the movie came out and I haven't seen the movie so I don't know how it differed. This is a fairly well written story about the rescue attempt of three gray whales imprisoned in Arctic ice. The author, Tom Rose covered the 1988 whale rescue as a reporter and producer for Japanese TV. This book tells the real story behind the event that mesmerized the world. I remember watching it on television but then never thinking much more about it once the two whales left the ice.for weeks. "Big Miracle" describes how many organizations came together to save the whales but even more amazing the great number of media that showed up in the small town of Barrow, Alaska. At times I think that Rose was somewhat cynical of all that was happening. I got bogged down a bit with all of the details and opinions and would have liked more just straight information on the rescue. Rose describes it as a media event and he is probably right in that. Whales have been stuck in the ice before but with the impetus of Cindy Lowry and others it became a world-wide effort to get these whales moving, even if it might not have been the best thing for the whales or Barrow. Besides the rescue of the whales (2) which later proved to be a better event than first imagined, the book showed what the media can do with a subject and how it is possible to get world involvement when the event captures the hearts of everyone. ( )
  bacreads | May 28, 2012 |
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I really enjoyed this book once I got past the over ambitious description of Alaska. I understand that it was necessary to know about it to understand the workings of the town and its relation to the rest of the world, but this part of the book really slowed down the narrative for me. I, however, did enjoy the whole story overall, and put off seeing the movie so I wouldn't spoil the reading experience. ( )
  princesspeaches | May 10, 2012 |
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I found the story compelling, but had to ignore some of the more political aspects of the book. I was horrified after reading it to see commercials for the movie that had Drew Barrymore going into the water. That never could have happened given the vivid descriptions of how cold it was and how fast the water froze over the holes. While it may not have been a great book, I think I would probably recommend reading it over seeing the movie...
  phlegmmy | Apr 1, 2012 |
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I was supposed to get "Big Miracle" to review but instead received a book by Tom Rose titled "Everybody Loves Whales". I'll copy the review I placed under the correct title to receive credit for my Early Reviewer status.

Originally released in 1989 under the name "Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World's Greatest Non-Event" it is the true-life story of the 1988 world-wide effort to free 3 trapped whales in Barrow, Alaska. The story is interesting on many levels (I was 23 in 1988 and do not remember the media coverage) primarily around the people and culture of Barrow, and the inner workings of the MSM circa the late 1980s.

Unfortunately, the author cannot keep his personal political beliefs from the story line and his distain for environmentalists becomes increasingly evident as does his apparent love for big business and industry, primarily Big Oil. Nevertheless, the two extremes do make for interesting bedfellows. The illustration of the circus-like quality of a major media event is also quite illuminating. It certainly IS curious how the country can be swayed to give more care and consideration to three trapped whales (a not uncommon occurence) while seemingly ignoring the loss of human life on an exceedingly larger scale in other parts of the world simultaneously. I came away from the story wondering if I should rejoice or despair at the disparate sense of compassion in my fellow-human beings ( )
  Danean | Mar 31, 2012 |
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