Following the lives of the three ships with the name Rainbow Warrior, this book, written by a long-serving Greenpeace activist, tells the inside stories of life on board and recounts some of the ships’ most exciting adventures and actions.
It is at once a narrative of real life on board, a history of some of the most famous vessels in the world and also a history of Greenpeace itself which goes beyond the oceans and touches on many aspects of the organization’s work. In the end though it aims to bring out the personal stories and first hand accounts of the ships’ adventures – tales from the high seas, full of action and daring but also of humanity and great compassion.
Starting with the early life of Greenpeace and the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior I by the French secret service through to the imprisonment of the Arctic 30 by the Russians, the stories are brought to life with maps and photos (both from the Greenpeace archives and the author’s and other crew members’ personal photos). The most symbolic items belonging to the ship’s historical inventory are also included.
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has been a Greenpeace activist for over 10 years. With the sea in her blood she started sailing on a small boat, the Zorba, and then moved on to crew for the Arctic Sunrise, Esperanza and Rainbow Warrior. Spending half her year at sea, she has sailed from pole to pole, taken part in numerous actions and has put herself ‘between the harpoon and the whale’.
'This is a fine contribution to ecological history and an urgent call to action.' - Rex Weyler
, author, journalist and ecologist.
'Rainbow Warriors is not just about Greenpeace ships, campaigns and actions but also about people, about what is happening in the world and what we do to try and solve environmental problems. - Kumi Naidoo
, Greenpeace International Executive Director.
'A labor of love and dedication - bringing alive the story of a great ship and those who sailed in her. - Lalita Ramdas
, former Greenpeace International Board Chair.
'Greenpeace activist Maite Mompó’s book Rainbow Warriors tells of the terror, bravery and compassion involved in her work and offers some eye-opening facts and figures. Maite also explains the humanitarian and environmental reasoning behind each Greenpeace campaign in this captivating read.' - Coast Magazine
, Book of the Month.
Dimensions: 23.6 cm x 18.1 cm