Book ‘The Fishermen and the Dragon’ by Kirk Wallace Johnson

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Fear, Greed, and a Fight for Justice on the Gulf Coast

A gripping, twisting account of a small town set on fire by hatred, xenophobia, and ecological disaster — a story that weaves together corporate malfeasance, a battle over shrinking natural resources, a turning point in the modern white supremacist movement, and one woman’s relentless battle for environmental justice. By the late 1970s, the fishermen of the Texas Gulf Coast were struggling. The bays that had sustained generations of shrimpers and crabbers before them were being poisoned by nearby petrochemical plants, oil spills, pesticides, and concrete.  But as their nets came up light, the white shrimpers could only see one culprit: the small but growing number of newly resettled Vietnamese refugees who had recently started fishing. Turf was claimed…

Publisher: Viking (August 9, 2022); Pages: 384 pages; ISBN-10: 1984880128; ISBN-13: 978-1984880123; ASIN:‎ B09KXX4DHT

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Author’s biography: Kirk Wallace Johnson is the author of The Feather Thief and To Be a Friend Is Fatal, and the founder of the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies, which he started after serving with USAID in Fallujah. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times, and on This American Life, among others.