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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
Dec 06, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 19, 2014 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Every Californian should read this book.
Mar 06, 2013 Lorri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Apr 01, 2014 Liam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Sep 07, 2016 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 pieces of information. It is a must read for anyone who loves CA and the coast line. or for anyone ...more
Jun 26, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 18, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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** 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.
May 02, 2013 Hillary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jul 12, 2013 Qazwsx rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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???
Sep 18, 2013 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bart Simmons
May 19, 2013 Bart Simmons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just a fantastic read! Could not put it down. David's writing style and knowledge of the california coast are fabulous! Bart
Diana Guerrero
Although rich and informative, the book felt like a speedy information dump. Interesting for sure especially as I am a coastie that was born on the coast of California and lived in most of the areas mentioned within the book. Some information was new to me but not all.

One of my book groups was disappointed that fact checking was not more diligent. There were many mentioned in the group but two instances of note stuck out in my mind--as I recently relocated to the area: Monarchs of Pacific Grove
California's 1,100-mile shoreline is just too big and diverse for any single, marketable book to cover with much depth. But you'll get more than your feet wet reading David Helvarg's new book, The Golden Shore.

That's because Helvarg has totally immersed himself in California's coast for decades. He's a marine conservationist, a documentary filmmaker and an environmental journalist who sails, surfs and dives for stories.

Helvarg explores seeming every major coastal enterprise, past and present: ma
Jan 18, 2014 Caren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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David Helvarg is Executive Director of Blue Frontier and the author of six books: Blue Frontier, The War against the Greens, 50 Ways to Save the Ocean, Rescue Warriors, Saved by the Sea and The Golden Shore. He is editor of the Ocean and Coastal Conservation Guide, organizer of ‘Blue Vision’ Summits for ocean activists and the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards (co-hosted with Wendy Benchley), and winner ...more
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