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“Moore and a robust wet suit have boldly gone where only serious and often seriously unhinged dudes have gone before, mapping out a fresh, unexpected cartography of the waves. . . . What he has done, subtly and beguilingly, is write a book about surfing that often is not really about surfing but about simply being alive.” ―New York Times Book Review
“[A] lovely ride, a sweet story told with a lilt.” ―Los Angeles Times
“Jolly!” ―The Economist
“A lively global jaunt that will offer some surprises even for the heartiest of wave-riding experts.” ―The Washington Post
“[He] burrows into each locale with a keen ear for dialogue and a bullshit detector set to ‘stun' . . . The clarity of his prose leaves us hungry for Moore.” ―The Surfer's Journal
“Warm, smart, funny, and beautifully written. Sweetness and Blood goes off the beaten surf-path to give us a bigger, more interesting surf world.” ―Matt Warshaw, author of The History of Surfing
“Sweetness and Blood is a lively tour de force of travel writing and enterprising research that tells the truly fascinating story of surfing's spread into unlikely corners of the globe. This is like Beach Boys music for the sun-hungry brain, imagination, and soul.” ―Francisco Goldman, author of Say Her Name and The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?
I was disappointed with the superficial scholarship in this study. While it was a good idea for a topic, there was some laziness on display. Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by Pollenfex
Having grown up in California and Hawaii, lived in Japan and spent a lot of time in Indonesia and Israel on which the author writes extensively, I was pretty curious as to what the... Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Voracious Reader
The book is in great condition. It got here super fast. Got it as gift for my husband and he was very excited. He is yet to read it, but extremely stoked!Published on April 2, 2012 by Joanne
I never stop reading books but this one had to be scanned at the end. I read surfing book stories and documentaries like my personal favorite "Bustin down the Door". Read morePublished on March 21, 2012 by R. Spell
This is a delightful, far-ranging, breezy, and fun book. Great characters + great anectdotes + varied locales = an enlightening, breezy piece of work. Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by Theseus
I was so excited to get this book, but it was not what I was expecting. It's stories about surfers, sure, but it's written like part travel journal and part quotes from other... Read morePublished on December 1, 2011 by J. Muench
I'm not a surfer. I dabbled in surfing, feet and all, a while back but the fear of being mauled to bits by a shark carried me back to shore safely. Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by Ismail Elshareef
Like some others, I was expecting this book to be a traditional history of surfing. And of course it does have that, but it has much more: It tells the history of cultures from... Read morePublished on December 25, 2010 by Richard Wagoner