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The Ordeal of Greenpeace

McTaggart, David
Publisher:  J.J. Douglas
Resource Type:  Book

Abstract:  David McTaggart's book is his first person account of what really happened in the French Nuclear Test sites in the South Pacific and the Greepeace protests. The book recounts the voyages of Vega (Geenpeace 3) and its confrontation with the French navy. In 1972 McTaggart's boat was rammed by a French minesweeper and again in 1973 the boat was boarded in international waters where he his crew were severely beaten up and McTaggart was removed from the boat and then held incommunicado. Besides being an expose of French lies and duplicity and the failure of the Canadian Government to recognize McTaggart's plight it is also a story of a man against the elements. The Greenpeace voyages were anything but cruises and he describes the gales, enormous waves and rain which made life miserable and sailing dangerous. McTaggart's book as well is the story of man who has the strength to question his own motives for doing what he did and the story of man who went from indifference to political activism.


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