The Golden Shore

California's Love Affair with the Sea

By David Helvarg
(Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9780312664961, 342pp.)

Publication Date: February 19, 2013

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A "Denver Post "Bestseller

A "Booklist "Top Literary Travel Book of the Year

From the first human settlements to the latest marine explorations, "The Golden Shore "tells the tale of the history, culture, and changing nature of California's coasts and ocean. Author David Helvarg takes the reader on both a geographic and literary journey along the 1,100-mile Pacific coastline, from the Oregon border to the San Diego/Tijuana international border fence and out into its whale-, seal-, and shark-rich offshore seamounts, rock isles, and kelp forests.
Part history, part travelogue, part love letter, "The Golden Shore" tells the story of California's majestic coastline and ocean. Helvarg""captures the spirit of the Californian coast, its mythic place in American culture, and its role in a state whose ongoing natural disasters and unremitting sense of renewal are intimately linked to its deep connection with an ever-changing sea.

About the Author
David Helvarg is founder and president of the Blue Frontier Campaign, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit working on ocean and coastal conservation issues. An award-winning journalist, he has written for the "New York Times", the "Los Angeles Times", "Smithsonian", "Popular Science", "Sierra, "and "The Nation", and has produced more than forty documentaries for PBS, the Discovery Channel, and others. He is also a licensed private investigator, body surfer, and scuba diver. The author of "The War Against the Greens", "Blue Frontier", and "50 Ways to Save the Ocean, " he lives near San Francisco Bay.
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