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    DescriptionFrom Susan Casey, bestselling author of "The Devil's Teeth," an astonishing book about colossal, ship-swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out. For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis-missed these stories--waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet's waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea--including several that approached 100 feet. As scientists scramble to understand this phenomenon, others view the giant waves as the ultimate challenge. These are extreme surfers who fly around the world trying to ride the ocean's most destructive monsters. The pioneer of extreme surfing is the legendary Laird Hamilton, who, with a group of friends in Hawaii, figured out how to board suicidally large waves of 70 and 80 feet. Casey follows this unique tribe of peo-ple as they seek to conquer the holy grail of their sport, a 100--foot wave. In this mesmerizing account, the exploits of Hamilton and his fellow surfers are juxtaposed against scientists' urgent efforts to understand the destructive powers of waves--from the tsunami that wiped out 250,000 people in the Pacific in 2004 to the 1,740-foot-wave that recently leveled part of the Alaskan coast. Like Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air, The Wave "brilliantly portrays human beings confronting nature at its most ferocious.


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    Title
    The Wave
    Subtitle
    in Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Susan Casey
    Physical properties
    Format: Microfilm
    Number of pages: 326
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 612 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780767928847
    ISBN 10: 0767928849
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.1
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: RBKC, WNCS1
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI067000
    Ingram Subject Code: NA
    Libri: ENGM4530
    BISAC V2.8: SCI052000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16640
    BIC subject category V2: PHDS
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: WSSG
    BISAC V2.8: TRV001000, SPO069000, NAT025000
    B&T Approval Code: A57010200
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 551.463
    Libri: WELL1500
    DC22: 551.46/3
    LC classification: GC227 .C37 2010
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: RBKC, WNW, PHDS, SPG
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (some col.), maps (some col.)
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    14 September 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    SUSAN CASEY, the author of the "New York Times "bestseller "The Devil's Teeth," is the Editor-in-Chief of "O, the Oprah Magazine," and has also served as creative director of "Outside "magazine.
    Review quote
    "[Susan Casey] examines big waves from every angle, and goes in deep with those who know the phenomenon most intimately....Casey makes a convincing, entertaining case (nifty cliffhangers and all) that there is a heretofore little-known monster in our midst....She pushes the scientists on the big question.....Casey is fluent in 'gnarly' and proficient in 'wonk, ' and she writes lucidly so the rest of us can come along for the ride. Her wonderfully vivid, kinetic narrative....offers a prescient vision of watery perils--and sometimes, bittersweet triumphs....Amid the images of demolition, Casey hangs on to the magic and beauty of waves."--"New York Times Book Review" "You think "Jaws" made you fear the ocean? In this adrenaline rush of a book, Casey....describes 'nature's biggest tantrum'....Her eerie, majestic descriptions...make THE WAVE an unsettling thrill ride that's as terrifying as it is awe inspiring."--"People " "Immensely powerful, beautiful, addictive and, yes, incredibly thrilling....takes the reader into the hearts and minds of the world's renowned surfers....Through the eyes of the surfers, readers get a remarkable sense of how they choose their waves, the skill that it takes to rocket across them, what it feels like to fall, what happens when surfers and Jet Skis are flung into coral reefs, what it's like to be rolled and pounded by tons of water, and what it is like physically and psychologically to be held under for too long - how some surfers make it back to the surface, and others drown. But "The Wave" is far more than a book about surfing. Casey's quest is also to understand the characteristics of giant waves and rogue waves. She explores the impact giant waves have on ships, oil rigs, fishing boats and passenger ships.....Casey explains the science of waves in a straightforward but always engaging manner.....Casey also illuminates recent mind-boggling discoveries.....Casey unlocks the mysteries of waves in her fascinating an