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The Wave

In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

By Susan Casey

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| Hardcover | 9780767928847

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From Susan Casey, bestselling author of The Devil’s Teeth, an astonishing book about colossal,  ship-swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out.

For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet Continue

From Susan Casey, bestselling author of The Devil’s Teeth, an astonishing book about colossal,  ship-swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out.

For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis­missed these stories—waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea—including several that approached 100 feet.

As scientists scramble to understand this phenomenon, others view the giant waves as the ultimate challenge. These are extreme surfers who fly around the world trying to ride the ocean’s most destructive monsters. The pioneer of extreme surfing is the legendary Laird Hamilton, who, with a group of friends in Hawaii, figured out how to board suicidally large waves of 70 and 80 feet. Casey follows this unique tribe of peo­ple as they seek to conquer the holy grail of their sport, a 100­-foot wave.

In this mesmerizing account, the exploits of Hamilton and his fellow surfers are juxtaposed against scientists’ urgent efforts to understand the destructive powers of waves—from the tsunami that wiped out 250,000 people in the Pacific in 2004 to the 1,740-foot-wave that recently leveled part of the Alaskan coast.

Like Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, The Wave brilliantly portrays human beings confronting nature at its most ferocious.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Preso in prestito, non avrei mai pensato di adorarlo cosí tanto dal momento che non mi piace il mare...ma il bello dei libri é proprio questo, imbarcarsi per nuove avventure senza la paura di doversi impegnare in qualcosa di serio perché se non fa pe ...(continue)

    Preso in prestito, non avrei mai pensato di adorarlo cosí tanto dal momento che non mi piace il mare...ma il bello dei libri é proprio questo, imbarcarsi per nuove avventure senza la paura di doversi impegnare in qualcosa di serio perché se non fa per noi basta abbandonarlo, in caso contrario si scopre qualcosa di nuovo. Uno stile giornalistico che non avrei mai pensato di poter apprezzare, che esplora i misteri delle onde attraverso il punto di vista dei surfisti alternato al punto di vista di vari studiosi: due visioni differenti che si completano per dare un quadro generale obiettivo e soggettivo allo stesso tempo, FANTASTICO!!

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    I wanted to like this more than I did. I was interested in the information on all different aspects of waves and ocean dangers - well done and informative. But it seemed to be mostly a book about tow surfing, with bursts of information on other ocean ...(continue)

    I wanted to like this more than I did. I was interested in the information on all different aspects of waves and ocean dangers - well done and informative. But it seemed to be mostly a book about tow surfing, with bursts of information on other ocean topics interrupting every so often, which got monotonous after a while.

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    wilkinsjordan said on Jun 19, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    The Wave - pursuit of rogues, freaks and giants of the ocean

    A wonderful blend of readability and science. The author made me feel like I was right there, plunging the giant waves or reeling in silent horror over the realization of what our changing climate indicates in the realm of more freak waves and earth ...(continue)

    A wonderful blend of readability and science. The author made me feel like I was right there, plunging the giant waves or reeling in silent horror over the realization of what our changing climate indicates in the realm of more freak waves and earthquakes, all without sacrificing whit and charm of those interviewed.

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    Astar said on Jan 16, 2011 | Add your feedback

Book Details

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  • English Books
  • Hardcover 352 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0767928849
  • ISBN-13: 9780767928847
  • Publisher: Doubleday
  • Publish date: 2010-09-14
  • Dimensions: 245 mm x 1,051 mm x 1,509 mm
  • Also available as: Paperback , eBook
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