The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean

The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean


By (author) Susan Casey

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 408 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 25mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 31 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0767928857
  • ISBN 13: 9780767928854
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 136,331

Product description

A "New York Times "Notable Book A "San Francisco Chronicle "Best Book of the Year In her astonishing new book Susan Casey captures colossal, ship-swallowing waves, and the surfers and scientists who seek them out. For legendary surfer Laird Hamilton, hundred foot waves represent the ultimate challenge. As Susan Casey travels the globe, hunting these monsters of the ocean with Hamilton's crew, she witnesses first-hand the life or death stakes, the glory, and the mystery of impossibly mammoth waves. Yet for the scientists who study them, these waves represent something truly scary brewing in the planet's waters. With inexorable verve, "The Wave "brilliantly portrays human beings confronting nature at its most ferocious.

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Author information

Susan Casey, author of "New York Times "bestseller "The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks," is editor in chief of "O, The Oprah Magazine." She is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist whose work has been featured in the "Best American Science and Nature Writing," "Best American Sports Writing," and "Best American Magazine Writing" anthologies; and has appeared in "Esquire," "Sports Illustrated," "Fortune," "Outside," and "National Geographic. "Casey lives in New York City and Maui.

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"Examines big waves from every angle, and goes in deep with . . . mariners, wave scientists and extreme surfers. . . . [A] wonderfully vivid, kinetic narrative." --"The New York Times Book Review " "Immensely powerful, beautiful, addictive and, yes, incredibly thrilling. . . . Like a surfer who is happily hooked, the reader simply won't be able to get enough of it." --"San Francisco Chronicle " "[An] adrenaline rush of a book. . . . As terrifying as it is awe inspiring.""" --"People" "Casey's descriptions of these monsters are as gripping in their own way as any mountaineering saga from the frozen peaks of Everest or K2." --"The Washington Post Book World " " " "Susan Casey's white-knuckle chronicle . . . delivers a thrill so intense you may never get in a boat again." --"Entertainment Weekly " "Reading "The Wave "is almost like riding one, paddling in the expositional surf of vivid imagery and colorful description thrown at you in ever-escalating surges." --"The Plain Dealer " "Casey does an exceptional job of explaining the natural forces (winds, currents, ocean-bottom shape) that create these daunting, at times fatal, surfing spots. . . . Terrific." --"Wall Street Journal " "Extraordinary. . . . I'm only allowed 800 words for this review. Here are a few: fascinating, heroic, dazzling, terrifying, amazing, unbelievable, mesmerizing, instructive, enlightening, superb. This is a . . . powerful, articulate ride into a world you never knew existed but that you will never, never forget." --Richard Ellis, "The Globe and Mail "(Toronto) " " "Utterly engrossing." --"Salon " "Something is stewing in our seas, and Susan Casey--traveling, and in some cases "swimming, " all around the world--is eager to find out what it is. Both a rollicking look at the ocean's growing freakishness and a troubling examination of our ailing planet, "The Wave" gives new meaning to the term 'immersion reporting.'" --Hampton Sides