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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472903641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472903648
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the rest of the world stood by and watched, Laurens risked everything to defend these extraordinary mammals from extinction. A truly powerful and inspiring story. Susan Sarandon

The vast majority of people in the world make up the force that is driving species extinct not by the day but by the hour. Yet in spite of terrible odds and difficult conditions there is a small and dedicated number of people who are working selflessly to stem the rising tide of extinction. Laurens de Groot is one of them. Read his book and you will learn what it takes to lend a hand to reverse the extinction crisis, Mother of All Crises and you will be inspired to activism. --Douglas Tompkins, conservationist and founder of outdoor brand The North Face

An insightful and heartbreaking account of the daring crusades against illegal whalers. Shocking and utterly gripping, this books shows how one person can make a difference, and just how important that difference can be. --Isabel Lucas, Actress and Environmental Activist

The vast majority of people on this planet, whether they realize it or not, are living by killing. That's the primal image of life, with humankind and its casual killing - of each other, the environment, animals, insects, etc. And yet, there are also people on this planet who have evolved beyond this primal image of life, wherein living by killing has been transformed into living by loving. Such is the author of the book that you now hold in your hands. --Shaun Monson, writer/director of Earthlings, winner Best Documentary Film at San Diego Film Festival

About the Author

Laurens de Groot, now 32, worked for Sea Shepherd for several years, travelling the world raising funds and spreading the word (appearing on Jay Leno and Larry King in the US, and featuring in Animal Planet's Whale Wars series). He is currently fighting rhino poachers in South Africa, using his law enforcement experience to help improve anti-poaching efforts.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack Robertson on 13 Feb. 2014
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everyone needs to read this great book - Laurens is one tough dedicated hombre who writes really well - thank God we have honest people like him and his shipmates to protect the whales.
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By Duchess on 4 Dec. 2014
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A must read! This guy literally put his life on the line to save the whales, truly an amazing story!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Insight into the life of a Sea Shepherd volunteer 28 Feb. 2014
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Laurens de Groot gave up life as a detective after feeling dissatisfied with his purpose in life. Laurens flew to Australia from Holland to join the crew of the Sea Shepherd in its battle against Japanese whalers.

This is also a behind the scenes of the hit TV show "Whale Wars". This takes place in the first 3 seasons of the show and Laurens offers great insight into the mindset of the volunteers and the hardships they experienced.

The highlight for me was the scene when Laurens was on board the Ady Gil when it got smashed by the Japanese whaling ship. This book offers a unique perspective on this incident which is missing from media accounts or the TV show.

Lastly Laurens then pursues another adventure where he spies on the seal hunters in Namibia. This seal hunt is larger than the Canadian hunt but without any of the controversy. Laurens essentially risked getting captured and potentially losing his life in order to document this inhumane hunt.

For a different perspective I also recommend "Whale Warrior" by Pete Bethune.
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