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Beach Wars: 10,000 Years on a Barrier Beach Paperback – May 15, 2012

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William Sargent is a consultant for the NOVA Science Series on PBS. He has written over a dozen books about science and the environment. He is the director of the Coastlines Project at http://coastlinesproject.wordpress.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147528263X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475282634
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While the dark and ominous painting that graces the cover of Beach Wars is very relevant to the book, what lies behind it is far more quirky and lighthearted. I found Beach Wars incredibly easy to read and I came away from it feeling like I could hold an educated conversation about the coast with friends, colleagues, or even a Woods Hole scientist. The book is packed with history, research, and Sargent's own personal experiences, but remains as accessible as nearly any fiction novel I have read. While some may find the vast array of stories and characters too erratic for their taste, I found the diversity to be refreshing. Beach Wars is a book you will be comfortable reading for an hour a day or in a single sitting. It is easy to tell that this is a topic that Sargent feels very at home with, and I'm almost hoping for some more coastal controversies to emerge on the Cape so he can get back to work on a sequel.
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From Mastodons to master con author William Sargent introduces the reader to the history ( ancient and present ) of Chatham's unique beach environment. As a science writer Sargent includes all the flora and fauna facts, but interestingly he is also a keen observer of human beings and sympathetically delves into today's tense stand off between private and public beach ownership interests. The author has written many books about Pleasant Bay. This one is his best yet.
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Great book. I just finished both the book and a week on the subject coast.

Sargent makes something very complex - less so.

J. Hamilton's review could be my review. Only four stars though. Moby Dick gets five.
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