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Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay Paperback – March 21, 1994
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I am in awe of Mr. Warner's skill in crafting spare yet well-thought phrasing that carefully blends the unique local language with technical terminology. You read this book and forget that it is non-fiction, nature writing. It draws you in like a compelling fictional account. Therein lies the success of the book.
Beautiful Swimmers covers the crabbing industry and the impact of this lovely crustacean on the Bay and its economy - a worthy journalistic endeavor. But for me, the real beauty is in the joy of just reading this charming work.
In fact, I would say it is one of the 20th century's greatest works of popular science and nature writing. In this distinguished group of books (ranging from the natural sciences to the social sciences) one would have to include such classics as Rachel Carson's The Silent Spring, Paul de Kruif's Microbe Hunters, Desmond Morris's The Naked Ape, Lincoln Barnett's The Universe and Dr. Einstein, Freud's The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, Donald Culross Peattie's A Diary for Moderns, Lancelot Hogben's Mathematics for the Millions, Carl Zimmer's Parasite Rex, Martin Gardner's Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, Tracy Kidder's The Soul of a New Machine, and so on. But I think Warner's book is the most readable and enjoyable by far of all these books, and yet is the least known.
I have a friend who keeps extra copies of the book around to give to other people to read, and that was the way I got introduced to the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reread after many years; forgot what an excellent writer and storyteller the author was.Published 4 days ago by Spunkie
Extremely well done. An absolute must read for any and all foodies. Sad to say that this book has forecasted the dim future of aquaculture on the eastern seaboard.Published 6 months ago by Amanda Osborne
I've read this book 3 times. One of my favorite books about the Delmarva penninsula. And, others, apparently, with the awards. Bought a new copy recently in case I read it again!Published 6 months ago by Jeda
I acquired this book several years ago; loaned it out and never got it back. Beautiful Swimmers is a great book for the library. Read morePublished 8 months ago by William G Russell
It's a bit dated now but the best thing about this book is its elegant writing! If you like John Mcphee you will like this book. DPublished 10 months ago by David Williams