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Working on the Edge

Surviving In the World's Most Dangerous Profession: King Crab Fishing on Alaska's High Seas

Author: Spike Walker

Working on the Edge

Working on the Edge

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About This Book

No profession pits man against nature more brutally than king crab fishing in the frigid, unpredictable waters of the Bering Sea. The yearly death toll is staggering (forty-two men in 1988 alone);...

Page Count
312
On Sale
03/15/1993

Book Details

No profession pits man against nature more brutally than king crab fishing in the frigid, unpredictable waters of the Bering Sea. The yearly death toll is staggering (forty-two men in 1988 alone); the conditions are beyond most imaginations (90-mph Arctic winds, 25-foot seas, and super-human stretches of on-deck labor); but the payback, if one survives can be tens of thousands of dollars for a month-long season.

In a breathtaking, action-packed account that combines his personal story with the stories of survivors of the industry's most harrowing disasters, Spike Walker re-creates the boom years of Alaskan crab fishing--a modern-day gold rush that drew hundreds of fortune-and adventure-hunters to Alaska's dangerous waters--and the crash that followed.

Imprint Publisher

St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN

9780312089245

In The News

“This will become the definitive account of this perilous trade, an addition to the literature of the sea.” —James A. Michener

“Skillfully written and intelligently observed with all the muscle, beauty, and energy of a 145-foot Alaskan fishing boat making way through the treacherous waters of Shelikof Strait...” —Kirkus Reviews

“Walker writes with such intensity that no one will walk away from this book without travelling some small part of the way with these men (and a few women) who work on the wild, water edge of civilization, pushing and pushed to the limits of strength and stamina.” —Alaska Fisherman's Journal

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Working on the Edge

Working on the Edge

$20.99