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America's Ocean Wilderness: A Cultural History of Twentieth-Century Exploration Hardcover – March 18, 2008

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"A great read. Kroll writes with the same narrative verve that distinguishes popular nature writers." -- Mark Hamilton Lytle

"The ocean is an idea, and the history of that idea is almost as ever-changing as the realm it reflects. This is a fascinating book about where the ocean came from. I don't mean the physical ocean but the sea in which swims our consciousness." -- Carl Safina

"Kroll's thesis--that the abuse and degradation of the world ocean is a direct consequence of the propensity of American explorers to promote the notions of an ocean wilderness and ocean frontier--is disturbing and thought-provoking. A compelling work." -- Cindy Lee Van Dover

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"Kroll's thesis--that the abuse and degradation of the world ocean is a direct consequence of the propensity of American explorers to promote the notions of an ocean wilderness and ocean frontier--is disturbing and thought-provoking. A compelling work."--Cindy Lee Van Dover, author of Deep-Ocean Journeys

"The ocean is an idea, and the history of that idea is almost as ever-changing as the realm it reflects. This is a fascinating book about where the ocean came from. I don't mean the physical ocean but the sea in which swims our consciousness."--Carl Safina, president, Blue Ocean Institute

"A great read. Kroll writes with the same narrative verve that distinguishes popular nature writers."--Mark Hamilton Lytle, author of The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (March 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700615679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700615674
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm so focused on fish that I sometimes forget there are can be other questions about the oceans. Gary has taken an interesting look at how the high seas have engaged us as an adventure frontier. This is a cultural history of the exploration of the oceans and critically analyzes the legacies of seven marine explorers--Jacques Cousteau, Thor Heyerdahl, Roy Chapman Andrews, Robert Cushman Murphy, Eugenie Clark, Rachel Carson, and William Beebe.

As Gary points out, we've always considered the ocean the last frontier. We have tended to think that is resources and inexhaustible. But we've also thought it was a place in need of stewardship, as well as a place of recreation.

Of particular interest is the chapter on Rachel Carson. She is better known for writing the classic Silent Spring Silent SpringUnder the Sea-Wind (Penguin Classics)(1962), but she wrote about the oceans as well. Her first book, published in 1941, was Under the Sea-Wind. Carson was a senior editor for the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries. She spent much time at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The Sea Around Us The Sea Around Uswas published in 1951.
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