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Superferry Chronicles Mainland Readings, Releases and Information

Press Release

The Superferry Chronicles
Hawaii’s Uprising Against Militarism, Commercialism, and the Desecration of the Earth
Book-Launch Readings with author Jerry Mander
“Patriarch of the Antiglobalization Movement” — Andrew Revkin, NY Times

Friday, February 20, 2009 – New York City
7:00 p.m. – Bluestockings Books, 172 Allen Street (between Stanton and Rivington) – Lower East Side
Bluestockings, 212-777-6028

Monday, February 23, 2009 – Philadelphia
6:00 p.m. – White Dog Cafe, 3420 Sansom Street
Contact White Dog Cafe, 215-386-9224

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 – Washington, DC
6:30 p.m. – Busboys and Poets (new location), 1025 5th St NW at K St – Mt Vernon Triangle
Cosponsored by International Forum on Globalization and
Institute for Politcy Studies
Contact Busboys and Poets, 202-789-2227

Battle of Seattle meets Baywatch

Hear the story of a successful grassroots uprising by SURFERS opposing a global corporate-military boondoggle in Hawaii–which is the jumping-off point for America’s Pacific and global hegemony.

Jerry Mander, director of the International Forum on Globalization and author of Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, offers this riveting report on the successful local uprising in Hawaii against a corrupt, global corporate-military scheme — a fuel-guzzling catamaran that courses through whale sanctuaries at three times the speed the government considers safe. Partly investigative journalism, partly cultural-political history of militarization in the Pacific, partly an account of an inspiring popular resistance, the book is a searing indictment of a project illegally pushed by Hawaii’s Republican Governor in support of powerful, right-wing New York military financier John Lehman, who is chair of Superferry’s board and whose investment company owns the Hawaii Superferry Corp. A prominent neocon, former Navy Secretary under Ronald Reagan, and public advocate of winnable nuclear war, Lehman and his colleagues have been promoting the Superferry as a neighborly inter-island transport service, but the project clearly seems to have far more to do with U.S. military aspirations in the Pacific. The local heroes are the people of Kaua’i, led by surfers in a spectacular demonstration of mass opposition, leaping into the waters to block the environmentally disastrous juggernaut.

“An excoriating exposé.” — Jeanne Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle weblog, “Hawaii Insider”

“Written like an activist documentary film, with heroes and villains, outrage and conspiracies.” — Lee Cataluna, Honolulu Advertiser

“The idea of boats to connect the Hawaiian Islands is so natural and lovely that it makes one doubly mad to read how in this case it’s been perverted into yet one more sad scheme for our paranoid future. Good for you–people of Hawai’i–who’ve raised the alarm, and to these authors for pulling back the curtain.” — Bill McKibben, author Deep Economy

“Dive into a story of almost allegoric proportions. Let it embolden you to stand up for our Earth, its beauty and its creatures, including ourselves.” — Frances Moore Lappé, author Diet for a Small Planet and Hope’s Edge

“In every era, simple events become symbols of greater forces that shape human history. The Superferry Chronicles brings one such moment alive. The book captures the spirit of that defining event and reveals the corporate manipulation, political bullying, corruption and deceit that lay behind the Hawaii Superferry.” — Lucienne de Naie, Chair, Sierra Club, Hawaii

“I applaud the authors for bringing the voices of the grassroots to the foreground. The people make history, and the people of Kaua’I have made us proud. Kauli’i makou, nui ke aloha no ka ‘aina. (‘We are small in numbers, but our love for our land is great.’)” — Ikaika Hussey, Publisher, The Hawaii Independent

Jerry Mander is director of the International Forum on Globalization, and author of the best sellers Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, In the Absence of the Sacred, and the Case Against the Global Economy. Andrew Revkin of the New York Times called him “the patriarch of the anti-globalization movement.”

For more information, visit
Published by Arnie Kotler at
Koa Books. Cover drawing by Mayumi Oda.

One Response

  1. Its a interisland ferry caring people and cars. It sick of this BS pr hype. Stay in NY you belong there. Island people have a right to travel between islands and not on dugout canoes as you would like.

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