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War of the Whales - A True Story

Joshua Horwitz

War of the Whales tells the unlikely story of a maverick marine scientist who discovered one of the U.S. Navy’s best-kept secrets: a submarine surveillance system originally designed to mimic marine mammal bio-sonar that became, ironically, an acoustic assault on an endangered species. When dozens of whales mysteriously began stranding on the shore of the small Caribbean island where Balcomb had studied marine life for years, the lone scientist challenged federal authorities with his assertion that the strandings were caused by sonar from U.S. Navy submarines. In response to the unexplained deaths of dozens of whales, one of the nation’s most respected (and feared) environmental lawyers, Joel Reynolds, took action to hold the Navy accountable in a court of law. Working with Balcomb and his team from the National Resources Defense Council, the activists mounted a long battle on behalf of marine mammals against the world’s most powerful Navy, which disputed the charges and held firm in its belief that its sonar submarine exercises were vital to America’s national security. The battle went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Author Joshua Horwitz weaves into War of the Whales the hidden history of the Cold War competition that spurred the development of the submarine and of sonar technology. His book is written with all the ingredients of great narrative nonfiction—heroic idealists, scientific mystery, legal drama, natural history, and military intrigue.

War of the Whales tells the unlikely story of a maverick marine scientist who discovered one of the U.S. Navy’s best-kept secrets: a submarine surveillance system originally designed to mimic marine mammal bio-sonar that became, ironically, an acoustic assault on an endangered species. When dozens of whales mysteriously began stranding on the shore of the small Caribbean island where Balcomb had studied marine life for years, the lone scientist challenged federal authorities with his assertion that the strandings were caused by sonar from U.S. Navy submarines. In response to the unexplained deaths of dozens of whales, one of the nation’s most respected (and feared) environmental lawyers, Joel Reynolds, took action to hold the Navy accountable in a court of law. Working with Balcomb and his team from the National Resources Defense Council, the activists mounted a long battle on behalf of marine mammals against the world’s most powerful Navy, which disputed the charges and held firm in its belief that its sonar submarine exercises were vital to America’s national security. The battle went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Author Joshua Horwitz weaves into War of the Whales the hidden history of the Cold War competition that spurred the development of the submarine and of sonar technology. His book is written with all the ingredients of great narrative nonfiction—heroic idealists, scientific mystery, legal drama, natural history, and military intrigue.
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War of the Whales tells the unlikely story of a maverick marine scientist who discovered one of the U.S. Navy’s best-kept secrets: a submarine surveillance system originally designed to mimic marine mammal bio-sonar that became, ironically, an acoustic assault on an endangered species. When dozens of whales mysteriously began stranding on the shore of the small Caribbean island where Balcomb had studied marine life for years, the lone scientist challenged federal authorities with his assertion that the strandings were caused by sonar from U.S. Navy submarines. In response to the unexplained deaths of dozens of whales, one of the nation’s most respected (and feared) environmental lawyers, Joel Reynolds, took action to hold the Navy accountable in a court of law. Working with Balcomb and his team from the National Resources Defense Council, the activists mounted a long battle on behalf of marine mammals against the world’s most powerful Navy, which disputed the charges and held firm in its belief that its sonar submarine exercises were vital to America’s national security. The battle went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Author Joshua Horwitz weaves into War of the Whales the hidden history of the Cold War competition that spurred the development of the submarine and of sonar technology. His book is written with all the ingredients of great narrative nonfiction—heroic idealists, scientific mystery, legal drama, natural history, and military intrigue.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Holter Graham

Length:

13h 38m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:35


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

26:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

24:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

24:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

27:17


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

28:04


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

24:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

25:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

29:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

31:11


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

21:35


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

38:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

43:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

33:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

23:29


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

32:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

28:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

26:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

26:39


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

25:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

30:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

27:23


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

26:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

26:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

23:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

29:45


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

30:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

18:10


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

15:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

00:48