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Against the Tide: The Battle for America's Beaches

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Americans love to colonize their beaches. But when storms threaten, high-ticket beachfront construction invariably takes precedence over coastal environmental concerns--we rescue the buildings, not the beaches. As Cornelia Dean explains in "Against the Tide," this pattern is leading to the rapid destruction of our coast. But her eloquent account also offers sound advice fo ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 14th 2001 by Columbia University Press (first published May 12th 1999)
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This is interesting. It does not make you want to support wealthy landowners who have second homes on the beach. Welfare in the form of government funded U.S. Army Corps of Engineers efforts to save beach front property from the natural forces of beach change isn't something we can afford to do anymore. The hundreds of millions of dollars spent to make sure some high ranking exec can enjoy his week at the beach makes me sick. Build your home inland on higher ground and leave the beaches as they ...more
A. Bowdoin Van Riper
Beachfront property is some of the most desirable real estate in the world, and some of the least stable. It’s the nature of ocean beaches and barrier islands to move, and the nature of people who build on or near them to want them to stay put. Governments, from the local to the federal level, have traditionally supported the developers and property owners, subsidizing flood insurance that rebuilds homes claimed by the sea, and providing funds and engineering expertise for seawalls, jetties, gro ...more
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This a great gem of environmental reading, an unlikely book for understanding environment destruction.
If you want to help change coastal environmental policies you need to understand the history of beaches.
This book is by far the easiest to digest (light on jargon) and most cohesive picture of American beach history.
Written in 2005:

"I intended to skim this book to get info for a school project and ended up reading the entire thing in about two days. I'm fascinated by issues of people vs. nature, and this book was clearly written and easy to read without ever being condescending or simple. If you love beaches anywhere, if you live near the ocean (especially on the East Coast of the U.S.), if you're interested in conservation issues, if you like coherent descriptions of complex systems, or if you're any sort
Thought provoking book about America's love of the ocean, and our lack of respect for it's power. The more we do to try to "stabilize" a beach, the more it washes away.

I would've given it 5 stars, but some of the language is a bit scientific for all those non-marine bio majors out there. :)
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