The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair with the Sea

The Golden Shore California s Love Affair with the Sea From the first human settlements to the latest marine explorations The Golden Shore tells the tale of the history culture and changing nature of California s coasts and ocean Author David Helvarg t

  • Title: The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair with the Sea
  • Author: David Helvarg
  • ISBN: 9780312664961
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the first human settlements to the latest marine explorations, The Golden Shore tells the tale of the history, culture, and changing nature of California s coasts and ocean Author David Helvarg takes the reader on both a geographic and literary journey along the 1,100 mile Pacific coastline, from the Oregon border to the San Diego Tijuana international border fence aFrom the first human settlements to the latest marine explorations, The Golden Shore tells the tale of the history, culture, and changing nature of California s coasts and ocean Author David Helvarg takes the reader on both a geographic and literary journey along the 1,100 mile Pacific coastline, from the Oregon border to the San Diego Tijuana international border fence and out into its whale , seal , and shark rich offshore seamounts, rock isles, and kelp forests.Part history, part travelogue, part love letter, The Golden Shore tells the story of California s majestic coastline and ocean Helvarg captures the spirit of the Californian coast, its mythic place in American culture, and its role in a state whose ongoing natural disasters and unremitting sense of renewal are intimately linked to its deep connection with an ever changing sea.

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    1. The Golden Shore by David HelvargThis book has so much to offer: the history of parts of the west coast, mainly CA and so many parts I was aware of and have been to and so many more I wasn't really aware existed there and the reason why they are there.Love hearing how they rebuilt many parts from major disasters using their own resources.To me this book is like a National Geographic encyclopedia of the area from earlier than the Ice Age and everything that shaped the coast and had any influence. [...]

    2. "The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair with the Sea", by David Helvarg, is a book that strikes a chord with those of us who love the sea, and with those of us who wish to keep our environment a force of life for all who inhabit it.Helvarg has demonstrated elegance and eloquence in his writing, and has brought history to the surface. The book is a tribute to the sea. The reader is taken on a journey through history, and through the destruction of our coast. He has shown how humanity has abus [...]

    3. After visiting the southern California shore during the holidays, I picked up this book in order to find out a bit more about the lovely places I saw. This book is a very thorough treatment of the entire California coastline. By that, I mean he has covered nearly every aspect that could be considered: the history of the coast and how it changed hands before eventually becoming a part of the USA; a brief history of surfing; a look at the major ports and shipping; the military and its use of the s [...]

    4. "During this last major ice age, with the sea level more that three hundred feet lower than it is today, it was possible for hunters to travel by foot through what is now not a river valley but the waters of San Francisco Bay and on through the naturally formed Golden Gate bluffs" (17)"By 1955 the government had built a lighthouse on South Farallon Island and the lighthouse crew and the eggers began to fight. During the 'egg war' of 1863, two men, a company man and an interloper, were killed in [...]

    5. Read this book twice and decided it was worth the five star rating. I loved the history, the stories and the interesting facts that I would never have known otherwise. Having enjoyed a few trips to the CA coast over the years, I wish that I had known all of these wonderful things before but it is never to late to go visit again and have our trip enriched by having read so many fabulous and exciting pieces of information. It is a must read for anyone who loves CA and the coast line. or for anyone [...]

    6. If you are a native Californian (or even if you're not) you'll enjoy this history of our state. If you are the marine type (and I am- 5/6 of my life has been lived within 25 mi. of the Pacific, whether in California or Hawaii)- there's great deal of info here regarding our interaction with the sea. I liked it a lot.

    7. ** I received this copy through the generosity of Goodread's First Reads**Wonderful factual book, basically a huge love poem to natural California. The author's love of the land, sea, and history of the area is apparent through the entire book. It's infectious, fascinating, and maybe someday I'll finally get there myself.

    8. I've yet to visit the west coast, so I was very excited to have won this book in one of the giveaways. Reading through this piece has made me even more excited to travel and has given me a better understanding as to why the west coast really is in love with the water! I can't say I blame them, I am a Pisces and love the water too. The author truly has a way with words!

    9. It's a good non fiction book when I stopped a few times each page to look up additional material on .I also never knew the Chumash ate dolphin. :(California has more and bigger oil spill response teams the the entire Gulf region???A zip line connects two of the Farallon islands???

    10. Pulled this book off the new non-fiction shelf at the library. Nice mix of current uses of the California coast with some history. The final two chapters of a tour from Mexican border to the Oregon border was a little brief, kind of like the "I've Been Everywhere" song. Otherwise, well-written.

    11. Just a fantastic read! Could not put it down. David's writing style and knowledge of the california coast are fabulous! Bart

    12. California's 1,100-mile shoreline is just too big and diverse for any single, marketable book to cover with much depth. But you'll get more than your feet wet reading David Helvarg's new book, The Golden Shore.That's because Helvarg has totally immersed himself in California's coast for decades. He's a marine conservationist, a documentary filmmaker and an environmental journalist who sails, surfs and dives for stories.Helvarg explores seeming every major coastal enterprise, past and present: ma [...]

    13. Although rich and informative, the book felt like a speedy information dump. Interesting for sure especially as I am a coastie that was born on the coast of California and lived in most of the areas mentioned within the book. Some information was new to me but not all. One of my book groups was disappointed that fact checking was not more diligent. There were many mentioned in the group but two instances of note stuck out in my mind--as I recently relocated to the area: Monarchs of Pacific Grove [...]

    14. I'm so glad I happened upon this book while browsing in a bookstore in La Jolla. This should be required reading for anyone who has ever stared in wonder at our oceans. We have a duty to protect it!Helvarg's well-researched, beautifully written book was a joy to read. It made me appreciate the history of the California coast, want to get more involved in protecting the coast and also want to educate others about this cause. "The coast is never saved. It is always being saved."

    15. As someone who just moved to California, this book provided much needed insight into the people around me. It was very enjoyable and informative, my only criticism has to deal with how the author described the females he interacted with- the description of their physical attributes at times rubbed me the wrong way.

    16. Important to read. Packed full of the history of our beautiful Pacific Coast and Ocean, its use and abuse and the battles fought to preserve the beauty so many Californians love. Recommended.

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