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Featured Books—June 2017 Issue


The Salvager: The Life of Captain Tom Reid on the Great Lakes

By Mary Frances Doner
Paperback. 392 pp. University of Minnesota Press. $21.95


First published in 1958, “The Salvager” is both a narrative history of Great Lakes shipping disasters of 1880 to 1950 and the life story of Captain Thomas Reid, who operated one of the region’s largest salvaging companies during that era. Using the actual records of the Reid Wrecking and Towing Co., as well as Reid’s personal logs and letters, Mary Frances Doner deftly tells the stories not only of the maritime disasters and the wrecking adventures that followed, but also of those waiting back onshore for their loved ones to return.

Management of the Effects of Coastal Storms: Policy, Scientific and Historical Perspectives

By Philippe Quevauviller, Paolo Ciavola, Emmanuel Garnier
Hardback. 188 pp. Wiley. $120.00


A large part of the world’s coastlines consists of sandy beaches and dunes that may undergo dramatic changes during storms. Extreme storm events in some cases dominate the erosion history of the coastline and may have dramatic impacts on densely populated coastal areas. Policy, research and historical background are essential elements that need to be interconnected for effective coastal planning and management. This book discusses this framework.

Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

By Jonathan White
Hardcover. 360 pp. Trinity University Press. $18.30


Writer, sailor and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, White shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a 25-ft. tidal bore that crashes 80 mi. up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture.


The Great Barrier Reef: An Environmental History (Earthscan Oceans) 1st Edition

By Ben Daley
Paperback. 254 pp. Routledge. $49.95


The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem. It has been designated as a World Heritage Area but is threatened as it has been subject to increasing pressures from tourism, fishing, pollution and climate change. The reef is now protected as a marine park. This book provides an original account of the environmental history of the Great Barrier Reef, based on extensive archival and oral history research. It documents and explains the main human impacts on the Great Barrier Reef since European settlement in the region, focusing particularly on the century from 1860 to 1960.



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