OVERRUN paints a broad “canary in the coal mine” picture of the repercussions that result when well-intentioned environmentalists, poor and unsubstantiated science, bloated corporate interests, and disjointed government policies converge.
Andrew Reeves is a Toronto-based environmental journalist and former energy and resource reporter. His work has been published in The Globe and Mail, Corporate Knights, and Toronto Life, among others. He has run his own environment and politics blog, Reeves Report, since March 2011. In 2012, his feature article on Asian carp for This Magazine was nominated for a National Magazine Award and a Society of Environmental Journalists Award. That article became the basis for this debut work.
”A thorough look at an important—and multifaceted—topic.”
“With a journalist’s critical eye and storytelling ability . . . Overrun is more than an engaging story about nuisance fish. This eye-opening book demonstrates the interrelationship of species, the climate, and the environment.” —Foreword Reviews
“This detailed account of the invasion of Asian carp into North American waterways reads like a Kurt Vonnegut novel or science fiction. Yet the carp’s unbelievable progress splashes another clear warning about how so-called solutions have become the chief cause of our problems.” —Andrew Nikiforuk, author of Empire of the Beetle
“A riveting ‘can’t put it down’ book about fish? You bet! Andrew Reeves takes us on a dizzying journey along the waterways of North America with a rich cast of fish farmers, environmentalists, hustlers, scientists and befuddled politicians as we follow the murderous and seemingly unstoppable advance of Asian Carp that now threaten the Great Lakes themselves. This is a very important book to heed if we want to save this watershed.” —Maude Barlow, author of Boiling Point
“Overrun is a whip-smart romp through the dystopian history of Asian carp, that wrecking ball of aquatic ecosystems in North America. But in telling it, Reeves charts a sustainable future for the waterways that connect all of us on the continent. An environmental writer as good as Reeves gives me hope.”
— Harry Thurston, winner of the Lane Anderson Award for Excellence in Canadian Science Writing and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award
“A must-read for those who love the Mississippi River watershed and the Great Lakes, for those interested in ‘invasive’ species, for sport fishers and environmental historians.”
— Emma Marris, author of Rambunctious Garden
“Andrew Reeves shows us how to see with compassion and intelligence, and how to voice a range of perspectives while holding in tension the need to embrace complexity and the urgency of choosing worthy solutions. This book is important not merely for its topic but for its nuanced and thoughtful approach.”
—Trevor Herriot, naturalist and author of Islands of Grass, and River in a Dry Land