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Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water, Our World Hardcover – October 7, 2008
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“Authoritatively researched, clearly written, and beautifully illustrated, this book is best of its class.” (EO Wilson)
“Deborah Cramer’s achievement in creating this classic study of the world’s seas is destined for lasting importance. Her book is a hymn to something that is both beautiful and fragile, a fervent prayer that we recognize it as such, and an eloquent plea for all humankind to cherish it.” (Simon Winchesterauthor of Krakatoa and The Professor and the Madman)
“Rachel Carson wrote the ocean’s biography for the 20th century, and DeborahCramer, with the same passion and meticulous research, has written it for the21st. This book is a remarkable achievement.” (Linda Learauthor of Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature)
“This irresistible invitation to explore the ocean that gave birth to life itself,together with the imperative to know the living ocean and treat it with respect,should be in every home.” (Thomas E. LovejoyPresident, The Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment)
“With poetic grace and deep scientific savvy, Deborah Cramer eloquentlyconveys the sweeping history of the Earth from fiery origin throughthe explosion of life in the sea to the present era of profound human impact.Whether you seek information or inspiration, this volume is a must.” (Sylvia Earleoceanographer, deep sea explorer, and ocean activist)
“This elegant, lovingly written book immerses readers in the symbiosis between humanity and the sea. Deborah Cramer’s sweeping work introduces us to the ancestral ocean, on which human influence has now grown profound, and charges us to rejuvenate our essential partnership with its wondrous rhythms and life-giving waters.” (Paul EpsteinCenter for Global Health and the Environment, Harvard Medical School)
“Deborah Cramer has given us an eloquent life history of the ocean,natural and human, and rightly challenges us to exercise better stewardshipof the sea of the sea and leave a legacy of healthy oceans for our children.” (Michael SuttonVice President and Director, Center for the Future of the Oceans)
About the Author
Deborah Cramer writes about science, nature, and the environment. Currently a visiting scholar at MIT's Earth System Initiative, she is the author of Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage. She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Top Customer Reviews
"We are a species blessed with language and awareness, knowledge and ingenuity, and an infinite capacity for imagination. May ours be a time when we reconceived our partnership with the sea and restored its life-giving waters to health and wholeness. May ours be a time when the sea's habitats and inhabitants, wherever they may be found true sanctuary...May ours be a time remembered when we embraced the sea as it embraces us"
Amen. James Smithson would be proud.
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This book was wonderfully informative--gave me a whole new appreciation for our world! My only objection was how she got the date for the sinking of the Titanic wrong--she says it... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dante
Beautiful photos, just wish it were a hardcover book. Can't wait to give it to my 11 yr old for Christmas.Published 22 months ago by Rlynn8i8
She wants to be a marine biologist, so I picked this from the Amazon lineup to feed her interest. She hasn't had time to delve into it but her first impression is a good one.Published on December 31, 2013 by Clair de la Lune
This was a purchase for a man whom it is very difficult to buy a gift he will like. With the beautiful picture and fascinating content it was a success.Published on February 6, 2010 by Mishmate
Beautiful reminder that mankind was put here as caretaker, not as owner. Continued rape of Earth's resources will sow the seeds of our own destruction sooner rather than later.Published on September 12, 2009 by Tom Burger