- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Rodale Books; First Edition edition (May 25, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1605294276
- ISBN-13: 978-1605294278
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sweetness and Blood: How Surfing Spread from Hawaii and California to the Rest of the World, with Some Unexpected Results Hardcover – May 25, 2010
The Age of Daredevils
At the dawn of the 20th century, a small but determined band of barrel-jumpers risked their lives in one of the world’s most wondrous waterfalls. Only a few survived. Learn More
“Moore and a robust we suit have boldly gone where only seriously unhinged dudes have gone before, mapping out fresh, unexpected cartography of the waves...What he has done, subtly and beguilingly, is write a book about surfing that often is not really about surfing but about simply being alive. Moore is a modern surf troubadour, singing the adventures of a cast of eccentric pioneers...Moore writes in a spirit far closer to Bruce Chatwin's In Patagonia than to the latest issue of Curve.” ―Andy Martin, author of Stealing the Wave, New York Times Book Review
“A wild, passionate, and thrilling ride; in the company of Pacific princes, beatnik athletes, and outlaw long-boarders, Michael Scott Moore catches surfing's global wave through a sweeping history of America's most liberating, taut, and tanned cultural export. Glorious!” ―Rory MacLean, author of Magic Bus: On the Hippie Trail from Istanbul to India
“Warm, smart, funny, and beautifully written. Sweetness and Blood goes off the beaten surf-path to give us a bigger, more interesting surf world.” ―Matt Warshaw, author of The Encyclopedia of Surfing
“Michael Scott Moore has delivered a perfect tale, filled with adventure, insight, and exquisite turns of phrase. For those who think surfing is just some Cali boys running around saying ‘dude,’ he shows that wherever there’s water, from Munich to the Gaza Strip, taking a ride on it means freedom―and the siren call is universal.” ―Deanne Stillman, author of Twentynine Palms: A True Story of Murder, Marines, and the Mojave
“Sweetness and Blood, Michael Scott Moore’s moving personal hejira through wave-riding’s undiscovered back country, is a constantly surprising and emotional ride as it proves both surf culture’s truly pervasive influence, and how the world of waves―wherever they may be, and whoever rides them―lead to the heart of the world itself” ―David Rensin, author of All for a Few Perfect Waves: The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora
“The most fun, riskiest, most joyful, highest form of travelogue lit. Everyone will have their favorite chapter and section. Like Theroux combined with the best part of the best travel story of vintage Granta magazine...love, love, love this book!” ―Joy Nicholson, author of The Road to Esmeralda on Waves: The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora
“A wonderful and engaging book, Sweetness and Blood combines folk history, pop art, and great, old-fashioned travel writing into a fun-filled tale of surfing's global conquest. From the shell-shocked beaches of the Gaza Strip to the shell-packed beaches of Bali, Moore has packed enough cool cultural ephemera into this one volume to make this book a must-read for anyone interested the sport.” ―Steven Kotler, author of West of Jesus: Surfing, Science and the Origin of Belief
“Sweetness and Blood is a lively tour de force of travel writing and enterprising research that tells the truly fascinating story of surfing's spread into unlikely corners of the globe. This is like Beach Boys music for the sun-hungry brain, imagination, and soul.” ―Francisco Goldman, author of The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop
“Sweetness and Blood reveals a great deal about the evolution of surfing but even more about the currents of globalization―which are as complex and as hard to fathom as those of the ocean itself. There is a remarkable character, a surprising bit of history and a fresh insight on every single page of this wonderful book.” ―Ethan Watters, author of Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche
About the Author
MICHAEL SCOTT MOORE is a novelist and journalist who has written on politics and travel for publications such as the Atlantic, Slate, Spiegel online, Miller-McCune magazine, and the Financial Times. He lives in Berlin, Germany.
Top Customer Reviews
He would take commuter rail up the North Shore, always with a wetsuit to handle the New England chill and slushy waters of Cape Ann and a ready explanation for the curious and amused: There's surfing in Massachusetts. There's surfing just about everywhere.
It makes sense, then, that his second book, just released in hardcover by Rodale, is "Sweetness and Blood: How Surfing Spread from Hawaii and California to the Rest of the World, with Some Unexpected Results."
Indonesia, Germany, Morocco, the Gaza Strip, Japan -- he surfs them all, and more, in writing this second book (his first nonfiction; he also has a novel, "Too Much of Nothing"), but this is not a guidebook to great waves or a smirking reveal of who's wearing baggies under their burka. Moore combines travelogue, reportage, history and cultural analysis into nine smooth essays of novelty, character and insight.
Surfing in Munich, for instance, is done on the swift-flowing waters of the Eisbach canal, technically illegal and eminently dangerous, and the chapter in Germany is lightly haunted by fatality and a condemnation of fun-gesellschaft, the business of fun that floated in with U.S. culture. (Moore also rides the Severn Bore in England, a tidal surge that comes along every 12 hours -- but if you wipe out, you can drive downriver faster than the wave and try again.Read more ›
This story didn't really play out the way I sort of expected it to. I was expecting more of a hard and serious history of surfing. I am glad it didn't turn out that way, because this book is really like a guy telling his buds about what he saw on his travels around the world while researching surfing, and how comical that can be. I read this book sitting outside next to my pool (no ocean here, bummer) and it was very entertaining reading.
I really had no idea of surfing outside of the "civilized" world, and that people in Germany surf in a canal. I was so entertained by the detailed stories from the Moroccan people. I guess what this book is really saying is that surfers all over the world are of the same tribe, no matter where they live.
Even if you aren't a surfing enthusiast, Moore writes with energy and dynamism, and makes surfing accessible to a global audience, much as his surfer counterparts and teachers in other parts of the world do.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was disappointed with the superficial scholarship in this study. While it was a good idea for a topic, there was some laziness on display. Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by Pollenfex
Having grown up in California and Hawaii, lived in Japan and spent a lot of time in Indonesia and Israel on which the author writes extensively, I was pretty curious as to what the... Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Voracious Reader
The book is in great condition. It got here super fast. Got it as gift for my husband and he was very excited. He is yet to read it, but extremely stoked!Published on April 2, 2012 by Joanne
I never stop reading books but this one had to be scanned at the end. I read surfing book stories and documentaries like my personal favorite "Bustin down the Door". Read morePublished on March 21, 2012 by Rick Spell
This is a delightful, far-ranging, breezy, and fun book. Great characters + great anectdotes + varied locales = an enlightening, breezy piece of work. Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by Theseus
I was so excited to get this book, but it was not what I was expecting. It's stories about surfers, sure, but it's written like part travel journal and part quotes from other... Read morePublished on December 1, 2011 by J. Muench
I'm not a surfer. I dabbled in surfing, feet and all, a while back but the fear of being mauled to bits by a shark carried me back to shore safely. Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by Ismail Elshareef
Like some others, I was expecting this book to be a traditional history of surfing. And of course it does have that, but it has much more: It tells the history of cultures from... Read morePublished on December 25, 2010 by Richard Wagoner