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Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean Hardcover – January 31, 2017
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Conservationist Jonathan White combines scientific investigation with personal memoir in this solid examination of the nature of tides and waves.” Publishers Weekly
Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean offers a grand mix of science history, ocean lore and literary travel writing.” Oregonian
A fascinating work of literary nonfiction, rich with characters, stories and scenes from around the globe.” Bangor Daily News
White’s research makes Tides a fascinating read.” Portland Press Herald
Tides is a circumnavigation – tides are simultaneously the protagonist and antagonist. Wrecker of havoc and deus exmachina. And perhaps what’s most interesting is White’s narrative surrounding how each part of the world has adapted to their unique tidal variations. Tides aspires to inspire a new appreciation for a global natural process that most ocean enthusiasts take for granted.” The Internia
As a surfer and sailor, Jonathan White pays attention to tides. But he didn’t really understand them until he traveled around the world to meet people and see places where the ebb and flow, the rise and fall, shape lives and tell epic stories. His new nonfiction book, Tides, is the result.” San Diego Union-Tribune
Anyone inclined to take the movement of the tides for granted will think twice after reading this wide-ranging study from a conservationist and avid sailor... White’s heightened awareness of the planet’s “cosmic beat” is bound to make readers more sensitive to the mysteries of what might otherwise seem commonplace.” Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR TIDES
This is not really a book about’ tides, though tides are a main character. It’s about life’s literal ups and downs. About mysterious pulls and invisible forces. About rhythms and pulses and seasons and the flowings of vast living migrations along coasts and through deep oceans. Along the way, you learn a lot of things about actual tides. Astounding things that you never knew you didn’t know. A wondrous book, full of heart.”
Carl Safina, author of Song for the Blue Ocean and Beyond Words.
Jonathan White has the ocean in his veins, and with Tides he has written a gorgeous elegy to its monumental presence, its ageless mystery. A sailor, a surfer, a scientific mind, and a seeker, White goes deep beneath the surface with the grace of a poet. Be prepared for some serious magic when you read these pages.” Susan Casey, author of The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean
Jonathan White’s tidal explorations drew me in with just the right mix of science, history, and storytelling, propelled throughout by the author’s infectious curiosity and sense of wonder. Beautifully written, impeccably researched, and filled with unexpected connections and discoveries, Tides is a splendid bookhighly recommended.” Thor Hanson, author of Feathers and The Triumph of Seeds
I loved this book. Jonathan White weaves the science throughout his travel stories so that the reader is not inundated with mathematical and scientific theories. I recommend it to both scientists and nonscientists.” Sally Warner, PhD in physical oceanography, Oregon State University
One of the most fascinating, engaging, relevant, and impeccably brilliant books I have ever read. It has profoundly changed my sense of the earth, the oceans, the sky, and how they are deeply interwoven with the course of human thought and history.” Richard Nelson, author of The Island Within
Newton’s death mask, bore tide waves on a Chinese river, a grounded sailboat in Alaska, a French monastery, the slowing of the earth’s rotation, world-class surfing, alternative energy, and more come together in Jonathan White’s wonderful Tides, a book for every lover of the sea and for those who thinkmistakenlythat tables and charts contain everything worth knowing about the perpetual rise and fall of the sea.” Bill Streever, author of And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind: A Natural History of Moving Air
Tides is easy to read, easy to follow, erudite. White beautifully integrates his personal experience into the science, keeping me grounded in the present as a reader and making the tides not just personal but passionately alive. I expect to read it again and again. Pass it on, recommend it, give it as a gift!” Pam Loew, Turtleback Books
Jonathan White provides us in this fine, fascinating book with a clear understanding of the infinitely complex and wild nature of our planet’s tidal forces in all their mystery and beauty.” Peter Matthiessen, from the foreword
About the Author
Peter Matthiessen (May 22, 1927April 5, 2014) was an American novelist, naturalist, wilderness writer, and CIA agent. A co-founder of the Paris Review, he was a 2008 National Book Award winner. He was also an environmental activist. His nonfiction, notably The Snow Leopard, featured nature and travel, as well as American Indian issues and history, including his study of the Leonard Peltier case, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse. His early story story "Travelin' Man" was made into the film The Young One directed by Luis Buñuel, and his novel At Play in the Fields of the Lord was made into a 1991 film. He lived in Sagaponak, New York.
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Jonathan White has clearly gone where few of us would dare: over a river wall to await the arrival of a 25-foot wave, where he will have 10 seconds’ notice to make a climb back out that requires 7 seconds; under a thick ceiling of ice in the Arctic to gather mussels with an Inuit hunter at low tide; venturing along on a small skiff into churning waters in the Pacific Northwest. The tales he tells are gripping, wonderful to read aloud to family members. Yet the voice in which he writes is not so much that of a bold adventurer but of a humble and curious seeker. His reverence for the natural world and his wonder at the role of the tides within it will vibrate with the reader after the last paragraph has been read.
Also, being a tidal resident I find the writing as a self improvement coping guide in understanding our relationship with these movements. I spend much time daily with family relationships as I experience with the water and tides and I love them both.