A rich and sweeping exploration into the science and history behind the most mysterious, primal, and powerful force on earth: the tide.
Science writer Aldersey-Williams' book is about the sea that we all know--the beach, the coast, land’s edge and end, the sea that is a playground yet hardly understood at all, and a sea that we move cautiously upon and that moves us in mysterious ways, both physically and emotionally. He takes the reader on his journey searching to unlock the mystery that is the tide--from the world’s strongest tides in Nova Scotia, Norway’s maelstrom, and Venice’s aqua alta. He includes various perceptions of this phenomenon through the literary portrayals of Shakespeare, Melville, and Jules Verne, mythology, and the Bible. He notes the tide’s role in events such as the conquests of Julius Caesar, the Boston Tea Party, and the D-Day landings in Normandy. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)