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Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water, Our World Hardcover – October 7, 2008
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"inspiring." -The New York Times
“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 Winchester author of Krakatoa and The Professor and the Madman)
“Rachel Carson wrote the ocean’s biography for the 20th century, and Deborah Cramer, with the same passion and meticulous research, has written it for the 21st. This book is a remarkable achievement.” (Linda Lear author 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. Lovejoy President, The Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment)
“With poetic grace and deep scientific savvy, Deborah Cramer eloquently conveys the sweeping history of the Earth from fiery origin through the 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 Earle oceanographer, 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 Epstein Center 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 stewardship of the sea of the sea and leave a legacy of healthy oceans for our children.” (Michael Sutton Vice 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.
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"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.