"How is it possible that a sizeable fish vital to the oceanic food chain and intertwined for three centuries with the cultural histories of both natives and settlers could nevertheless completely escape the notice of most Americans and within a few short years be driven to the brink of extinction for no valid reason whatever?  This well researched and vigorously written book--certain to be of wide interest to academic and general readers alike--will tell you why."    --Lawrence Buell, Harvard University, author of The Environmental Imagination and Writing for an Endangered World

"By 1880 there were almost three times more menhaden ships than whaling ships, but since then only three authors have written books about menhaden, and only Bruce Franklin has told the real story.  The Most Important Fish in the Sea is a valuable history, a desperately needed warning and a terrific read--a must for every advocate of marine ecosystems."--Ted Williams,
Conservation Editor, FlyRod&Reel magazine, Editor-at-Large, Audubon

"This story of menhaden should be taught in every classroom of every school in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  The fundamentals of marine biology and how an ecosystem fits into nature's design, using menhaden as an example, enhances a deeper understanding of man's place on the landscape of time."--Representative Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD)

The Most Important Fish in the Sea: Menhaden and America (Island Press)


Other Available Books:

  Robert A. Heinlein: America as Science Fiction

 Prison Literature in America: The Victim as Criminal and Artist

Some Essays and Reviews:

Billy Budd and Capital Punishment |

From Plantation to Penitentiary to the Prison-Industrial Complex: Literature
     of the American Prison

Crime and Punishment in America |

Prison Novel by Chester Himesl |

Stories by Gerry Adams |

Review of Prison Literature |

Tim O'Brien's In the Lake of the Woods

History of Science Fiction (Danish translation: https://www.expertoautorecambios.es/science/?p=241 )

Antiwar and Proud of It |

The American Prison in the Culture Wars|

The American Prison and the Normalization of Torture

Computers in Fiction (Polish translation: http://cheap.de/science/komputery-z-fantastyki; Romanian Translation: http://www.rightfiles.com/edu/computers-in-fiction.html )

Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers | (Czech translation: www.autoersatzteile.de/blog/pentagon-papers-chase )

Fishing for the Future

The Quiet American's War on Terror

'Vietnam' in the New American Century

Can the Penitentiary Teach the Academy How To Read?

Missing in Action in the 21st Century

From Realism to Virtual Reality: Images of America's Wars

New World Imaginations and Deceptions

American Memory of the Vietnam War in the Epoch of the Forever War



 Curriculum vitae

 Comments by reviewers and other authors

 E-mail to H. Bruce Franklin:  hbf@scarletmail.rutgers.edu