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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
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 2 days 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 10 days 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
Reads like a novel but provides information like a documentary. Exciting with every page turned.Published 16 days ago by HobieCatMom
I met someone on the beach at Monterey Bay who was reading this book so I thought I'd check it out -- especially because it was very inexpensive on Kindle. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Goeller
If you like surfing, then this is a book for you. If you like science, then this is not a book for you.Published 1 month ago by G. Book
It was OK but it had more to do with surfing than the origin and mechanics of rogue or giant waves on the open sea.Published 1 month ago by J. Knight