ARC Review: Tides by Jonathan White

Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean by Johnathan White

Published February 14th, 2017 by Trinity University Press

Genre Nonfiction, Science

Pages 360

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In Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, 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 twenty-five-foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles 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 very old and very new. Tides combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides.

This was a very interesting book and a topic that I have really never read much about. I was afraid it was going to be very dense but it was actually a really easy book to read. The author talks about a lot of things including the relationship between the sun & moon and the ocean and also between humans and the ocean. I also believe that the author talked about a variety of different topics concerning the ocean including biology, astronomy, history and the world’s current events. It wasn’t just a bunch of scientific facts, it included a wide range of information from different fields, which made it all the more interesting.

Thank you to the publisher, Trinity University Press, for sending me a review copy of this book.


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