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"Rainbow Warrior": French Attempt to Sink Greenpeace Hardcover – 24 Apr 1986

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; 1st ed edition (24 April 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091643600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091643607
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,460,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Describes the goals of the Greenpeace movement, recounts the French attempt to sink the Rainbow Warrior, and examines the consequences of the affair.

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By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
The front cover of my copy of this book shows a rather ghostly image of former French President Mitterrand above a clear image of the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour. Be that ghostliness intentional or not, it is certainly appropriate.

Whilst I well recall the attack on the ship with the most perfect name for her role in life – ‘Rainbow Warrior,’ the subsequent furore and the decision to sink the vessel as an artificial reef and diving site, I was not aware of the intricate details of all the who, what, why and when. Now, over 26 years after the event, I came to this book whilst researching some of the more well known shipwrecks which New Zealand has to offer the serious wreck diver. I really am glad I did because it allowed me to understand the story without being cluttered by the outrage and misconceptions experienced at the time.

One might have thought that any leading western power would have learned the lessons of Bikini Atoll and how the islanders were promised their historic homeland would be returned to them within weeks of concluding the Atom Bomb experiments of the 1950s under the codename of Operation Crossroads. If nothing else, those experiments served as a true crossroads of learning all about the effects of atomic explosions on a former idyllic desert island - but not the French!

Some 30 years later, during the 1980s, the French were developing nuclear warheads which were to be tested at the French Polynesian territory of Moruroa Atoll in the South Pacific - such was the way in which the French treated those who lived in the outposts of its diminishing Empire at that time.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a real life account of the founding of Greenpeace and the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior. It is a gripping story and reads more like a novel than a piece of non-fiction. It kept me turning the page until I'd finished and then left me wanting more(in a good way!). It is a fascinating subject, a honourable cause and a brilliant account. Highly recommended.

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