Melting ice, an army palms race, the frenzy to use assets at any fee - the Arctic is now the level on which our destiny may be determined. And as temperatures upward thrust and the ice retreats, Vladimir Putin orders Russia's oil rigs to maneuver north. yet one early September morning in 2013, 30 women and men from 18 nations - the group of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise - choose to draw a line within the ice and protest the drilling within the Arctic. Thrown jointly via a typical reason, they're made up our minds to forestall Putin and the oligarchs.

But their protest is met with brutal strength as Putin's commandos grab the Arctic Sunrise. Held less than armed protect by means of masked males, they're charged with piracy and face 15 years in Russia's nightmarish felony procedure.

Ben Stewart - who spearheaded the crusade to liberate the Arctic 30 - tells an surprising story of ardour, braveness, brutality, and survival. With wit, verve, and candor, he chronicles the intense friendships the activists made with their frequently murderous cellmates, their conflict to outwit the felony guards, and the fight to stick real to the reason that introduced them there.

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