Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories - Simon Winchester

A man with innumerable talents, including that of consummate storyteller, Simon Winchester takes on a massive subject: the Atlantic Ocean, a body of water so alive that it deserves a biography of its own, he says. Winchester graduated from Oxford University with a degree in geology, a field that has infused much of his writing. In ATLANTIC (HarperCollins, $27.99) he recounts the tectonic gymnastics that have allowed the ocean a lifetime so far of 200 million years—with only 170 million left to go. In this beguiling mix of hard science and personal discoveries, Winchester relates some of his own awesome Atlantic adventures, a few so high-risk that even he wouldn’t do them again, including one that led to his shooting and eating a polar bear to avoid starvation.

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780061702624
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 1st, 2011

The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean - Susan Casey

Once you get caught in the undertow of THE WAVE (Doubleday, $27.95), it’s hard to stop turning the pages and head for dry land. Susan Casey, a part-time resident of Maui, introduces the colorful world of surfers whose search for high risk and adventure leads them to last-minute standby flights around the world to chase and ride rogue waves: walls of water that can rise more than 100 feet. These massive wave-walls sink about ten bulk carriers a year.  So great is the ocean’s raw power that surfers have had to improvise a new method called tow-surfing that involves a buddy on jet skis.  Don’t try this without health insurance.  Surfing guru Laird Hamilton stopped counting at 1,000 the number of stitches from his surfing injuries. Casey pauses long enough in this fast-paced narrative to interject some of the good science and geology behind these rogue waves.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780767928854
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Published: Anchor - May 31st, 2011

Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food - Paul Greenberg

FOUR FISH (Penguin Press, $25.95), by Paul Greenberg, who has reported on oceans and seafood for The New York Times, is infused with his love for fish and fishing.  But that love is overshadowed by his concern about protecting the habitats of wild marine life for the future, and he has chosen four iconic fish—salmon, bass, tuna, and cod—to illustrate how the ecosystems they inhabit are at risk.  Currently around 90 million tons of seafood a year are harvested from the world’s oceans, much more than can be replaced by natural processes.  Fish-farming, a short-term solution that has threatened existing wild fish populations through the sterile progeny of cross-breeding and the spread of farm-borne diseases, must be replaced by no-catch zones to protect natural habitats and breeding zones.

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$25.95
ISBN: 9781594202568
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Published: Penguin Press - July 15th, 2010

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780143119463
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Published: Penguin Books - May 31st, 2011

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