Did you know that some people in the 19th-century believed that rainbow trout could be the saviors of democracy?

Nor did I. Anders Halverson’s An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World explores how the American government artificially stocked the Nations rivers with rainbow trout. The fish originates in Northern California, and for over 130 years has helped to sell the idea of “getting back to nature.”

Given fashion’s recent interest in the outdoors, making note of Halverson’s study makes natural sense. At the very least, the book will provide some fascinating conversation points to go with your rugged ensemble.

From Yale University Press.

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