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Big Miracle: Three Trapped Whales, One Small Town, A Big-Hearted Story of Hope by [Rose, Tom]
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The story that captivated the world, now a major film.

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In October 1988 an Inuit hunter saw three grey whales trapped in the frozen Arctic ocean near Barrow, an isolated Alaskan outpost. They were working together to keep their blow hole open, the two adolescents caring for the weaker baby. It was a poignant sight. Filmed by a local television reporter, this tiny regional news story snowballed into a global media frenzy. In this gripping, insightful book Tom Rose describes how journalists poured into Barrow, all woefully ill equipped for the sub-zero temperatures, warming up on bootleg alcohol. As the locals cheerfully found ways to profit from the visitors, Greenpeace activist Cindy Lowry battled to mount an extraordinary rescue operation that would unite conservationists and oil companies, the Inuit and the military, President Reagan and the Kremlin. 'At times a marvellously funny story . . . Beneath the heartwarming aspect of the rescue are darker tales of human greed, and about the power television has acquired to set the agenda of the news' Washington Post 'Few novels could match the characters, plot and dramatic tension' Chicago Tribune

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 988 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1447213084
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006J68GH8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #685,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Better than the film summary would lead you to believe, the book clearly puts the case of the native people alongside the interests of big business, rolling news coverage and the small efforts in murderous conditions to make a difference that the whales make just to survive. Whether or not your politics is challenged or comforted by what happened and how human efforts came together, this is a record of events influencing ordinary people around the entire world from an original news story of little over a minute. It's an historical moment in news technology, Glasnost and how simply a few people together may make something worthwhile happen in spiritual, physical and amazingly difficult physical terms. Recommend this to teen, family, student and ordinary people to show how underneath a lot of civilisation layers which clash there is able to be a bigger and more positive human success. I recommend it to you as worthwhile for the humorous tone blended with the factual, and to flesh out personal memories of the news at that time.
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Oct. 2016
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A news reporter covers the story of the media frenzy which arose after three California grey whales were trapped by ice off Barrow, Alaska, at the onset of 1988's winter. We start with an account of a hunt of a bowhead whale, which the native people find much tastier. If these three juvenile whales had been bowheads they would have been eaten. Subsistence whaling is no longer needed for the townspeople who can spend a million dollars on a school, and using explosive harpoons can hardly be called a fair game. Yet the advisability of getting public opinion Outside on their side meant that the whale hunters helped these trapped whales by cutting ice holes for them to breathe.

The fun part is the local TV station, satellite link, National Guard, oil company and reporters from media around the world, culminating even with two Russian icebreakers, all trying to record, help and ultimately save the whales. Mainly because it's good PR. The only ones doing it because they should do it were really the Greenpeace worker and two inventors who had created a water fountain to stop ice closing a hole.

Rose shows many sides and histories to round out his story. He's quite cynical, talking about oil having stopped the whale hunting on an industrial scale, but never mentions the immense subsidies given to oil extraction and refining companies. If oil had been more costly to produce than whale oil, believe me there would be no whales left in the sea. The Iceland capitulation into ending whaling is explained as an outcome of this story, while the Japanese are described as hunting them for 'science' but Rose doesn't know what study is carried out.
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Three wales are discovered stranded in the ice virtually at the top of the world. They appear in the newspaper and then on television. The media gets involved because it looks good on television and many news crews make the trip to put the scene on their network. Numerous characters including the required government bad guy. At times it lumbers. Insightful background information but at times heavy handed. Impact around the world.
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