Big Miracle by Tom Rose

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Now a major motion picture starring Drew Barrymore, Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, Tim Blake Nelson, John Krasinski, and Vinessa Shaw--an account of the dramatic rescue of three gray whales trapped under the ice in Alaska in 1988.

Set in Cold War-era 1988, Big Miracle tells the real story behind the remarkable, bizarre, and oftentimes uproarious event that mesmerized the world for weeks. On October 7, an Inuit hunter near Barrow, Alaska, found three California Gray whales imprisoned in the Arctic ice. In the past, as was nature's way, trapped whales always died. Not this time. Tom Rose, who was covering the event for a Japanese TV station, compellingly describes how oil company executives, environmental activists, Inupiat people, small business people, and the U.S. military boldly worked together to rescue the whales. He also tells the stories of some of the more than 150 international journalists who brought the story to the world's attention. The rescue was followed by millions of people around the world as Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev joined the forces of their two nations to help free the whales.


About Tom Rose

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TOM ROSE covered the 1988 whale rescue as a reporter and producer for Japanese TV. He spent the next several months in Alaska interviewing every major player involved in both the rescue and the media coverage of it. Today, Rose, the former publisher and CEO of The Jerusalem Post, cohosts the Bauer & Rose show on Sirius/XM satellite radio. He writes and comments regularly on  American and Middle East politics. He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Published December 20, 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin. 335 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Rose presents the story of what might have been a nonevent: three gray whales become trapped beneath the spreading ice in an early Arctic freeze in September 1988. So many whales suffer the same fate

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 Rose initially makes the mistake of subjecting readers, who probably expect the story of the whale rescue, to many long descriptions of whaling and the whaling industry and many long paragraphs of historical detail about whaling.

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Time Out New York

I'm looking forward to this movie, and I just finished reading the newest edition of the book by Tom Rose, and I compared the real people's names that were involved with the rescue to the character names from Universal.

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All the actors agreed, confessing they were grateful not to have to play emotional scenes opposite a tennis ball against green screen.-Without giving up any movie spoilers, the true story of former White House Cabinet Secretary Bonnie Carroll (played by Vinessa Shaw) could be a movie in itself.

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