Tides is fascinating history, complex science, and an exciting collection of travel anecdotes wrapped together in one package by captivating, lyrical prose. As a surfer, sailor and conservationist, Jonathan White as an obvious love for the sea, but his book is about so much more than that. It is about the cycle of life on Earth, how it keeps a steady beat with the ebb and flow of the tide– and what it means for us when the rhythm of the ocean is disrupted by climate change. The book is peppered with detailed interviews with people from all over who base their lives and make their livings off the behavior of the ocean. It was fascinating to read how many different kinds of people depend on a healthy sea for their day-to-day lives–it’s more than just sailors and fishers.
My favorite parts of the book were those that focused on how the cycle of the tides has shaped human history and evolution. Of course, no book about the ocean is complete without pictures, and this book has plenty. A collection of photographs, illustrations and diagrams complete this compelling read. If you’re looking for a book of substance that will simultaneously excite you for summer adventures and teach you a thing or two about our planet, this is the one for you.
–Cedar, Paulina Springs Books, Sisters, OR