An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas by Diane WilsonAn Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas by Diane Wilson

An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift…

byDiane WilsonForeword byKenny Ausubel

Paperback | September 15, 2006

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When Diane Wilson, fourth-generation shrimp-boat captain and mother of five, learns that she lives in the most polluted county in the United States, she decides to fight back. She launches a campaign against a multibillion-dollar corporation that has been covering up spills, silencing workers, flouting the EPA, and dumping lethal ethylene dichloride and vinyl chloride into the bays along her beloved Texas Gulf Coast. In an epic tale of bravery, Wilson takes her fight to the courts, to the gates of the chemical plant, and to the halls of power in Austin. Along the way she meets with scorn, bribery, character assassination, and death threats. Finally Wilson realizes that she must break the law to win justice: She resorts to nonviolent disobedience, direct action, and hunger strikes. Wilson's vivid South Texas dialogue resides somewhere between Alice Walker and William Faulkner, and her dazzling prose brings to mind the magic realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, replete with dreams and prophecies.

Diane Wilson is an eco-warrior in action. A fourth-generation shrimper, Wilson began fishing the bays off the Gulf Coast of Texas at the age of eight. By 24, she was a boat captain. In 1989, while running her brother's fish house at the docks and mending nets, she read a newspaper article that listed her home of Calhoun County as the n...
Title:An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift…Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 8.68 × 5.68 × 0.96 inPublished:September 15, 2006Publisher:Chelsea Green PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1933392274

ISBN - 13:9781933392271


Table of Contents

Prologue: Sabotage
1. Dirty Secrets Revealed
2. A Shrimping Career Rehashed
3. An Outlaw and a Letter
4. Adversaries Approach
5. Of Fishermen and Politicos
6. Knocked Clean out of the Ring
7. Negotiating with the Enemy
8. The Press Arrives to Liars and Fools
9. Texas Water Commission Files
10. Dirty Facts Revealed
11. A Dream Is a Dream Come True
12. Losses, Gains, and Petitions
13. Money, Money, Money
14. The Informant
15. Battle Lines Are Drawn
16. Union Carbide Blows; the Fed Arrives
17. We Strike at the Heart of Formosa
18. Beauty Queens, Banquets, and Spies
19. Raining on the Chairman's Parade
20. A Hydrochloric Cloud; a Worker Talks
21. Kickbacks Paid; Internal Memos Conveyed
22. A Bay under Siege; an Activist Born
23. Hunger Strike
24. I Strike at the Gates of Hell
25. Death Threats and Deals
26. Pain and Defeat
27. A Woman Enters the Sea
28. Island of Fire and Solidarity
29. A Radicalized Woman
30. The Vietnamese Connection
31. The Sinking of the SeaBee
32. Sanchez Comes Home
33. Victory, Redemption, and Loss

Editorial Reviews

Libary Journal Starred Review-Wilson's story of greed, politics, polluters, and outright dishonesty is one we have unfortunately heard before: big industry tries to bulldoze through permits, regulations, and environmental and worker safety to arrive at a profit. The Seadrift, TX, native doesn't like it when she reads in the paper that her county has the worst pollution in the nation (this was in 1989).A shrimp boat captain and mother of five, Wilson goes on to discover that a multibillion-dollar corporation, Formosa Plastics, is killing her catch and her friends by dumping toxic chemicals into the bays. And that's not all: agencies that are supposed to watchdog polluters (e.g., the Environmental Protection Agency) do not, and politicians who have a responsibility to their constitutents serve the few, often themselves, first. Even friends betray and threaten, yet Wilson takes action, asking questions, studying, following through. Her story is delivered in an affecting, soft-spoken style that pulls readers in. There is more to be learned from this extraordinary woman than how to fight big industry; let her teach you.