The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair with the Sea
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The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair with the Sea

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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 a...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Julie Barrett
The Golden Shore by David Helvarg
This book has so much to offer: the history of parts of the west coast, mainly CA and so many parts I was aware of and have been to and so many more I wasn't really aware existed there and the reason why they are there.
Love hearing how they rebuilt many parts from major disasters using their own resources.
To me this book is like a National Geographic encyclopedia of the area from earlier than the Ice Age and everything that shaped the coast and had any influence....more
Liam
"During this last major ice age, with the sea level more that three hundred feet lower than it is today, it was possible for hunters to travel by foot through what is now not a river valley but the waters of San Francisco Bay and on through the naturally formed Golden Gate bluffs..." (17)

"By 1955 the government had built a lighthouse on South Farallon Island and the lighthouse crew and the eggers began to fight. During the 'egg war' of 1863, two men, a company man and an interloper, were killed...more
Caren
After visiting the southern California shore during the holidays, I picked up this book in order to find out a bit more about the lovely places I saw. This book is a very thorough treatment of the entire California coastline. By that, I mean he has covered nearly every aspect that could be considered: the history of the coast and how it changed hands before eventually becoming a part of the USA; a brief history of surfing; a look at the major ports and shipping; the military and its use of the s...more
Lorri
"The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair with the Sea", by David Helvarg, is a book that strikes a chord with those of us who love the sea, and with those of us who wish to keep our environment a force of life for all who inhabit it.

Helvarg has demonstrated elegance and eloquence in his writing, and has brought history to the surface. The book is a tribute to the sea. The reader is taken on a journey through history, and through the destruction of our coast. He has shown how humanity has abus...more
Cynthia
Read this book twice and decided it was worth the five star rating. I loved the history, the stories and the interesting facts that I would never have known otherwise. Having enjoyed a few trips to the CA coast over the years, I wish that I had known all of these wonderful things before but it is never to late to go visit again and have our trip enriched by having read so many fabulous and exciting information. It is a must read for anyone who loves CA and the coast line.
Hillary
I've yet to visit the west coast, so I was very excited to have won this book in one of the giveaways. Reading through this piece has made me even more excited to travel and has given me a better understanding as to why the west coast really is in love with the water! I can't say I blame them, I am a Pisces and love the water too. The author truly has a way with words!
Rebecca
** I received this copy through the generosity of Goodread's First Reads**
Wonderful factual book, basically a huge love poem to natural California. The author's love of the land, sea, and history of the area is apparent through the entire book. It's infectious, fascinating, and maybe someday I'll finally get there myself.
Mark
If you are a native Californian (or even if you're not) you'll enjoy this history of our state. If you are the marine type (and I am- 5/6 of my life has been lived within 25 mi. of the Pacific, whether in California or Hawaii)- there's great deal of info here regarding our interaction with the sea. I liked it a lot.
Tom
Pulled this book off the new non-fiction shelf at the library. Nice mix of current uses of the California coast with some history. The final two chapters of a tour from Mexican border to the Oregon border was a little brief, kind of like the "I've Been Everywhere" song. Otherwise, well-written.
Qazwsx
It's a good non fiction book when I stopped a few times each page to look up additional material on Wikipedia.

I also never knew the Chumash ate dolphin. :(

California has more and bigger oil spill response teams the the entire Gulf region???

A zip line connects two of the Farallon islands???
Bart Simmons
Just a fantastic read! Could not put it down. David's writing style and knowledge of the california coast are fabulous! Bart
Monica
Every Californian should read this book.
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