"To explain this complex phenomenon clearly and appealingly requires a writer with a disciplined curiosity about and a practical understanding of the sea. Jonathan White (author of Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean) is a sailor, surfer and conservationist whose interest in tides was piqued when his 65-foot schooner ran aground at high tide on a remote Alaskan coast. Thanks to the suction of the mud, the next incoming tide flooded rather than floated his boat, though disaster was narrowly averted thanks to backbreaking hours of pumping and enormous good luck. 'After Kalinin Bay,' he writes, 'I vowed to learn more about the tides.'" Read the full Wall Street Journal review.
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