Stronghold by Tucker Malarkey


“A powerful and inspiring story. Guido Rahr’s mission to save the wild Pacific salmon leads him into adventures that make for a breathtakingly exciting read.”—Ian Frazier, author of Travels in SiberiaIn the tradition of Mountains Beyond Mountains and The Orchid Thief, Stronghold is Tucker Malarkey’s gripping chronicle of an unlikely visionary and his crusade to protect the world’s last bastion for wild salmon. From a young age, Guido ...

Details Stronghold

Release DateJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherSpiegel & Grau
GenreNonfiction, Science, Animals, Environment, Nature

Reviews Stronghold

  • Sharn (Caffeine & Commas)
    Stronghold deliverers the importance of our planet, conservation and sustainability in a nice neat adventure filled package! Stronghold chronicles the life and triumphs of Guido Rahr, one of the incredible minds at the forefront of global conservation and sustainability. Tucker perfectly captures Guido as a child with a unique connection to the natural world and subsequently his struggles through academia, eventually emerging as the celebrated n...
  • Fredrick Danysh
    A biography of Guido Rahr and his efforts to preserve wild salmon in the Pacific Basin. Today, he would be classed ADD during his early years. This insightful book was written by his cousin. This was a free review copy obtained via
  • Michele Benchouk
    This book is an eye-opener on the crisis regarding salmon health around the globe. There were so many points that I never knew about: how different salmon varieties prefer different parts of a river for spawning and how their bodies are built to return to that specific area; how we can learn so much about a salmon's lifecycle by analyzing its otolith -- basically, the fish's tree rings; like how the fish interact with trees and how climate change...
  • Kelsey Hennegen
    Yes, this is a non-fiction book about salmon, but it is also an extraordinary story, told with rich language and a fluid, playful cadence. There's this balance between the concrete and explicit (bio-diversity, evolution, keystone species, geo-political history, etc.) with the deeply personal, with lyrical, poetic musings. It is all together enrapturing. Sometimes my experience reading non-fiction is that suggests the writer prioritized the conten...
  • Jill
    5 starsA fascinating look at the world's declining salmon population and the ecological concerns happening around the world. The future is grim if changes are not made soon. I definitely recommend this book to everyone! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. The views given are my own
  • Sharon
    I chose this book on the strength of the publishers blurb, that it is in the vein of The Orchid Thief which I loved, and it’s about saving Salmon, from Oregon and beyond, and I live in Oregon. I didn’t know that Guido Rahr and the author are cousins or that they were children together in Deschutes county where I live, or that Guido was the first reptile interpreter at the High Desert Museum where I am a living history interpreter. I don’t f...
  • sarah morgan
    Thank you, Net Galley and Spiegel & Grau for the chance to read this astonishing book. I chose it initially because of the title. As a native Oregonian, I thought it would interest me because salmon is our heritage. Not far into the book, I realized I knew half the people at the center of this story, which made it even more interesting. Then I fell under the spell of Malarkey’s amazing talent in telling a gripping adventure story while informin...
  • Schuyler Wallace
    As a lifelong hard-core fisherman, I have despaired at humanity’s handling of the salmon’s existence. Totally a slave to its own stubborn fight for life, the salmon’s numbers have greatly diminished in recent years by the incompetence displayed by supposed experts and organizations charged with saving the vanishing fish. These inept schemes to protect and replenish their numbers have only one thing in common; their failures. Tucker Malarkey...
  • Kristen
    4.5 stars. Stronghold is a fascinating book about Guido (Gee-do) Rahr and his passion for salmon, fly-fishing for them, and in particular- SAVING them. I am not what one would call a "fish person". I don't fish or even eat much fish, however I am passionate about the conservation of our natural lands and resources and this book really opened my eyes to the fact that salmon are a keystone species throughout the Pacific Rim, as they once were in th...
  • Csimplot Simplot
    Excellent book!!!
  • Cavak
    Stronghold is an extraordinary read. It has a wild streak for hunters yet it's approachable for those who aren't fans. Romanticism for the wild is both embraced and restrained, a curious balance that occurs against unfamiliarity. A fascinating glimpse of a life that may be far away from yours is all rendered in trips to remote parts of American and Russian rivers. Who knew fly fishing could open so many doors? Guido knows a surprising amount of p...
  • Nathan Schmidt
    I received an advance copy through Goodreads First Reads, and I am grateful for the opportunity.This is a moving book that connects with you on an emotional level - after all, as Guido learned, to get people to really listen to you, you have to draw them into your story and make them feel the experience and wonder. I felt a sense of empathy for Guido, since I've had trouble socializing myself, and the vivid outdoor landscapes, along with the encr...
  • Hannah
    I don't know whether this book is being mis-marketed or if I just made it up in my head that it would be as informative as Paul Greenburg's Four Fish, but Stronghold was too much a biography about one man I didn't care about (the author's cousin, Guido Rahr), and too little about salmon.Guido Rahr has the kind of personality we often find compelling—an essentially selfish, self-isolated white man with an obsessive interest that must take preced...
  • Anne
    This is a great read! What a thrilling book about the wonders of nature and the adventures of a passionate conservationist. This is recent history and an inspiring tale. The details are clearly laid out, from the very naming of fish (a cherry salmon, steelhead) to the habitats that anadromous creatures use (marine and terrestrial) to working with the rich and famous to fund fish protection.The book tells fascinating stories about fish and people....
  • Blanca
    I received an advance copy of this book from a giveaway from Random House Publishing. Expecting some sort of environmental exposé, filled with harrowing statistics and quantitative research on just how devastatingly humans have deteriorated the earth, its atmosphere, and its ecosystems, I was unprepared (albeit pleasantly surprised) to be thrust into this cadent narrative of tireless conservation efforts. Guido Rahr’s mission to remediate salm...
  • Julie
    What an incredible book! “Stronghold" follows the author's cousin, Guido Rarh, in his quest to save the world’s at-risk wild salmon. Guido, while in his youth a bit of a misfit, was a gifted student of both human and animal nature. This gift was not simply magic, however, but was built on his infinite study of structures and systems. And while at first, he was only in his element in nature he soon realized to protect the fragile eco-systems h...
  • Susan Burlew
    I thought this book was amazing!!! Before reading it I knew salmon was tasty and good for you. I knew nothing about sustainability. It was just something tree huggers talked about. The author has a way with words. I learned quite a bit but it was not dry or boring. Guido Rahr is one in a million! From a very young age he was interested in reptiles. He could spend days watching and learning and understanding nature without getting bored. As he gre...
  • Amanda Harrenga
    I was initially intrigued by this book because of my personal connections to nature and love of fishing. This books tells the story of a man, Guido Rahr, and his lifelong compassion and determination to protecting nature, specifically salmon. He creates a "stronghold" initiative and does incredible things with it. I expected this book to read more scientifically but it was told in an easy to follow narrative prose. The science was weaved in so th...
  • Jk
    I received a free Advance Reader's Edition of this book via the Goodreads Giveaways program and would like to express my gratitude to any involved in making that possible.This book tells the incredible true story of the life and life's work of Guido Rahr. Rahr followed an unconventional life path to become one of the greatest protectors of wild salmon and their river ecosystems and reading his story was inspiring and emotional for me. I learned a...
  • RoF
    I received a free copy from Goodreads.This book is a good mix between a biography and the presentation of a conservation project.The author is a cousin of the main character, which sometimes can look as a risk for her objectivity.I am not a fisherman but I was pleased with the description of the gears, the fish and other technical details. Since Guido Rahr dedicated the main part of this life to his Stronghold project, the 2 main topics of the bo...
  • ⋟Kimari⋞
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  • Steve
    A biography of the author's cousin, Guido Rahr, emphasizing his work with the Wild Salmon Center and his "salmon stronghold" conservation strategy. Rahr is a unique individual and the story of how developed his conservation credentials and got to be the Executive Director of the Wild Salmon Center was interesting. The authors descriptions of the environments and animal life was beautiful and the personalities involved was fascinating. The develop...
  • Lisa Cobb Sabatini
    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of Stronghold: One Man's Quest to Save the World's Wild Salmon by Tucker Malarkey from Goodreads.A must-read for naturalists and environmentalists, Stronghold: One Man's Quest to Save the World's Wild Salmon by Tucker Malarkey is a delightful read for everyone. Stronghold is more than the story of one man's incredible life, it is also a chronicle about the magnificent salmon and its critical role in not only its ...
  • Frankie
    This was more than a read, it was an experience. You do not need to be a fisherman, or fish enthusiast to want to read this book. If you believe in conservation and find beauty in the natural world, then this book will surprise you with it imagery and inspire you with its message. Wonderfully written, this book conveys the essence of nature that lives around us that we forget all too often. It will remind you of the danger we pose to the environm...
  • Laurie
    Love how intimate this portrait is of someone with such an undeniable passion. It's inspiring to follow Guido's passion and how his focus has brought such focus on his work to save salmon habitat, but also how he took an early love of the outdoors into his life. And no other author could have told this story in the way that Tucker Malarkey does, given how poetic her writing is, but also her perspective on the subject and issue and events. She has...
  • Anonymous
    This turned out to be an even better book than I expected. I wasn't sure if I'd like it. I thought it might be too dry and scientific, but the author, who happens to be the cousin of the man trying to save the salmon, writes the story in a way that makes you feel like you're right there as it's all happening. Very interesting subject matter and very well written.
  • Janet Clark
    Long, complicated, beautifully written education about the plight of wild salmon. I enjoyed every river trip--even those in the gorgeous but freezing bear infested Kamchatka. If you enjoy eating fish and think they are even only minimally important to the planet--read this book. Fascinating. Remarkable. Inspiring.
  • Dick Whittington
    Fascinating story of Guido Rahr, the Wild Salmon Society, the gigantic barriers facing both and their amazing accomplishments battling and eventually busting those barriers. Good writing/reporting, character development and pacing. Learned a lot in this reading and will likely read again. Highly recommend.
  • Robm
    Truly a marvelous book, with a unique and compelling combination of biography, natural science, ecology, adventure, and geo-politics. Just as much of a page turner as the best thrillers and so well written that it is a true pleasure to read. Not a fisherman, no problem neither am I and I loved this book.
  • Debra Branigan
    This was a captivating book about conservationist Guido Rahr and his efforts to develop conservation programs to save declining salmon populations of the Pacific Rim. The book is partly a memoir detailing Guido's lifetime journey from a child fascinated by nature to the professional conservationist he became. The other part of the book is about the Pacific Rim salmon, their history, their ecosystems, and the issues impacting their survival. This ...