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Casey, O magazine editor-in-chief, travels across the world and into the past to confront the largest waves the oceans have to offer. This dangerous water includes rogue waves south of Africa, storm-born giants near Hawaii, and the biggest wave ever recorded, a 1,740 foot-high wall of wave (taller than one and a third Empire State Buildings) that blasted the Alaska coastline in 1958. Casey follows big-wave surfers in their often suicidal attempts to tackle monsters made of H2O, and also interviews scientists exploring the danger that global warning will bring us more and larger waves. Casey writes compellingly of the threat and beauty of the ocean at its most dangerous. We get vivid historical reconstructions and her firsthand account of being on a jet-ski watching surfers risk their lives. Casey also smoothly translates the science of her subject into engaging prose. This book will fascinate anyone who has even the slightest interest in the oceans that surround us.
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Part science lesson and part adrenaline rush, The Wave is an intense thrill ride that manages to take a broad look at oversized, potentially devastating waves. The critics praised Casey's eloquent writing and jaw-droppingly vivid descriptions of chasing--or trying desperately to steer clear of--these aquatic behemoths. Although the Los Angeles Times craved more technical information, and the New York Times Book Review considered the combination of science and surfing a bit odd, most critics brushed such concerns aside. Casey's entertaining and enlightening exploration of the world's giant waves will leave readers with "a healthy respect for the power of these waves" (Los Angeles Times) and a chilling sense of how little we truly know about the oceans that surround us.See all Editorial Reviews
A Sunday sick in bed allowed me the luxury to read The Wave start to finish. I'm not competent to dissect the science of waves, however I caught several errors in an otherwise... Read morePublished 1 day ago by P. Aiken
Well written and engaging. A tangible look at oceanography and particularly Wave Science, from both the scientific and the almost spiritual surfer perspective.Published 11 days ago by J. Anness
Most interesting! I have recommended to others. Lots of surfing covered and I'm not a surfer but it seemed relevant to the topic.Published 28 days ago by Desert Dweller
One of my favorites. I used to be terrified of Rogue Waves. But after reading the book, the science behind and history. It was a relief to be educated and exciting to learn more. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sharon L Mullinix
Probably my mistake for not doing better due diligence before buying: too much time with the surfer-dudes; not enough about the history and wave mechanics of rogue waves.Published 1 month ago by Stephen V. Cantrill
This was an entertaining book to read while at the beach. Food for thought as I was rolling in the relatively tame surf on the Outer Banks. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gregory Hope
Was hoping this would be a good read - as it turns out - I enjoyed it immensely and learned quite a bit. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jack Straw
A good portrayal of big wave surfing and surfers.
The science of big waves was covered, as was the in-depth discussion of the psychology of some of the most respected surfers... Read more