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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; First Edition edition (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605292621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605292625
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Matching outrage with humor and hope, Danson provides inspiration and realistic guidelines for ending oceanic pillaging and poisoning in this engaging, alluringly illustrated volume." ---Booklist --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

TED DANSON’s versatility in both television and film makes him one of the most accomplished and credible actors today. From his first feature film roles in Joseph Wambaugh’s The Onion Field (1979) and Lawrence Kasdan’s Body Heat (1981) to his starring role in the television series Cheers, Ted Danson has captivated audiences worldwide with his equally sensational dramatic and comedic performances. Danson currently stars in HBO’s Bored to Death. He recently appeared on the critically acclaimed legal drama Damages on FX, as well as HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. In addition to winning two Emmys and three Golden Globe Awards throughout his career, Danson has been nominated for twelve Emmys, eight Golden Globes, and one SAG Award.

MICHAEL D’ORSO’s work includes fifteen books; seven have been bestsellers
and three have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

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A must read if you love the oceans of the world.
Randy P
Not so much... The book is very plainly written and the facts are laid out well and free of most jargon.
DigitalSingularity
If you read this book, I guarantee you will come out a changed person.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By lojo on March 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Important read -- Ted does a great job of letting us know about the crisis in our oceans and what we can do about it. And, the pictures, graphics make it easy to flip around. It is really something to learn that Ted has been working on this issue for 20 years. Share with your family and friends.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By DigitalSingularity on March 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Oceana is a very beautiful and informative book. I always knew things were bad in our oceans (the big plastic "island" in the pacific, coral bleaching, ocean warming, overfishing, etc), but I really didn't know how bad. The pollution issues aside, we're basically strip-mining our oceans, acting like they're a never ending source of resources. Not so much...

The book is very plainly written and the facts are laid out well and free of most jargon. This is good... this book is easily accessible to most readers. There are lots of beautiful pictures as well as scary ones. The information is laid out in a very clean fashion with stuff like charts to help the average person understand the science / figures behind everything presented.

I'd recommend this book for everyone who cares about the environment, the oceans, or just eating fish. Ted Danson does a good job in his advocacy and presents solutions for the average person to take on. I went through this book in days and often had a hard time putting it down.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By LEON L CZIKOWSKY on May 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book warns of the dangers to our oceans. Offshore drilling is threatening oceanic species, including many of the fish we consume. 90% of "big fish" species have disappeared over the last 60 years.

Of all of the living space on Earth, 1% is one land and 99% is in water. Aquatic life is threatened by human activities. For example, chemical runoff into Lake Erie has made is such aquatic life can't survive. Despite famous oil spills, such as the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 and the 171 million gallon spill in 2010 into the Gulf of Mexico, we have been slow to have a sustained reaction that creates better protections of our waters.

The U.S. is the largest petroleum consumer, urging (in 2008) 19.5 million barrels of petroleum daily, followed by China at 7.8 million barrels.

"Minor" mishaps spill 15 million gallons of oil annually in North America. In addition, toxic chemicals used in the drilling process place 90,000 tons of toxins in the lifetime of a rig into the water, as measured by rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

The book recommends decreasing fossil fuel consumption, less vehicle driving, more mass transit use, more electric or hybrid vehicles, and fewer petroleum based cosmetics.

Oxygen levels, required for aquatic life, are decreasing in oceans. The levels besides southern California have fallen almost 20% over the past quarter century. A fifth of the oceans are oxygen dead zones.

The ocean's ability to process carbonic acidity is decreasing. This is killing aquatic life. Almost 30% of all tropical reefs have disappeared in the last three decades. This upsets the ecosystem as about a quarter of all marine life relies on the coral reefs.

Overfishing is occurring.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nifty Fifties on June 6, 2011
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This is a very informative and disturbing look at how we are damaging our beautiful oceans that at times almost brought tears to my eyes. As a nature lover and daily beach goer, it inspired me to do more to take care of our waters and our coastal resources. I can no longer pass a piece of plastic on the beach without putting it in my trash bag. Kudos to Ted Danson for using his celebrity to help the planet.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pletko on June 27, 2011
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"The fact is--and this is the fundamental reason I've written this book--all are lives are intertwined with and, in the end dependent upon the health of the seas that surround us...And the health of those seas is declining, rapidly...In the pages that follow, I'd like to share what I've learned over the course of the past twenty-some years, and to introduce you to a number of gifted, deeply intelligent people who have devoted their lives to the cause of saving our oceans."

The above comes from this revealing book authored by Ted Danson (the main author) and Michael D'Orso. Danson is an actor perhaps best known for the television comedy series "Cheers" while D'Orso is a journalist and the author of several bestselling books.

In a nutshell, all the chapters (except the last one) looks at the many problems that face our oceans. The last chapter considers the possible solutions to these problems.

What can I say about this book? That's easy. This is THE book to read if you what to know what has been happening to the Earth's oceans in the past half-century.

(The Earth's oceans comprise about 71% of the Earth's surface. Even though the oceans are named individually, they really comprise a continuous body of water.)

The prose of this book is vivid and easy to read, and yes, at times, personal. It is accompanied by graphics, charts, and stunning, colour photographs.

Throughout this book, certain important statements found in the main narrative are also isolated from the main narrative.
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