Surviving Paradise: One Year On A Disappearing Island

peter rudiak-gould has written a memoir of his year living on a small atoll in the marshall islands, one of the most remote places on earth. It is a story that is often hilarious but with serious and fascinating digressions on the language and politics of the island and the threat that global warming poses to its precarious existence. More
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About Peter Rudiak-Gould

Born and raised in the Bay Area, California, Peter Rudiak-Gould is an anthropologist and currently a fellow at McGill University, Montreal. He earned his doctorate in Anthropology at Oxford University for research on public perceptions of climate change in the Marshall Islands. Since his first stint in the Marshall Islands as a volunteer teacher on a rural outer island, he has returned three times for anthropological fieldwork. He is the author of a Marshallese language textbook and an ethnography, Climate Change and Tradition in a Small Island State: The Rising Tide (Routledge, 2013). Learn more at

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