The Tide

The Science and Stories Behind the Greatest Force on Earth

The TideBy Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Published by W.W. Norton & Company   368 pages   hardcover   $27.95

Half of the world’s population lives along ocean coastlines where the tides ebb and flow every day, yet most of us do not fully understand the natural mechanisms that keep an incomprehensible volume of water in constant motion. Essential for millennia for timekeeping, navigation and commerce, the tide has determined the course of history from the biblical story of Moses parting the Red Sea and the conquests of Julius Caesar to the Battle of Maldon, the Boston Tea Party and the Allied invasion of Normandy. Similarly, the quest to understand what moves the tide has preoccupied great minds including Plato, Aristotle, Galileo and Newton.

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The Illustrated Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition, 1914 – 1917

SouthBy Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

Published by Zenith Press   384 pages   hardcover   $40

Written nearly a century ago, the story polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition – the first trek across Antarctica from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the South Pole – is a classic tale of survival in brutal conditions.

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Heavy Weather Sailing

By Peter Bruce

Foreword by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

7th Edition published by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 310 pages   hardcover   $50

Heavy Weather SailingMore than half a century ago since it was originally published, Heavy Weather Sailing remains the definitive tome on the subject. We’d wager that WindCheck Contributing Editor Joe Cooper had this book when he was a lad in Australia… and that he still owns that same well-worn copy!

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The Boat Electrics Bible

A practical guide to repairs, installations and maintenance

By Andy Johnson

Published by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc

192 pages   hardcover   $45

The Boat Electrics BibleElectrical systems are a notoriously tricky aspect of boat ownership and maintenance, especially when you consider the damp, salty and bouncy environment in which marine electrical components have to operate. If you want to build confidence and boost your self-sufficiency by learning how to find, prevent and resolve onboard electrical problems, The Boat Electrics Bible is an indispensable, comprehensive guide.

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Finding North - How Navigation Makes Us Human

By George Michelsen Foy

Published by Flatiron Books   291 pages   hardcover   $25.99

Finding NorthNavigation – finding one’s way from one place to another – is one of the most basic human skills. Why then are some of us seemingly blessed with an intuitive ability to navigate accurately on land or sea while others become disoriented looking for their car in a parking lot?

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Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse

Brilliant BeaconsBy Eric Jay Dolin

Published by Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2016   425 pages   hardcover    $29.95

Reviewed by Dan McFadden

Lighthouses have a peculiar hold on the imagination. Perhaps it’s the loneliness of the location, or the solitary nature of the task of lighting up the night, but who hasn’t gazed at a lighthouse and contemplated what it would be like to live there? For those who have had that wonder, Eric Jay Dolin (Leviathan, When America First Met China) has written a thorough, yet entertaining, chronicle of the history of American lighthouses. Marking the 300th anniversary of the lighting of the first lighthouse on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor, Brilliant Beacons covers the entire span of time up to the present day.

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Be Your Own Boat Surveyor

A hands-on guide for all owners and buyers

By Dag Pike,  Published by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, in association with Pantaenius Sail & Motor Yacht Insurance,  0192 pages   paperback   $24

Be Your Own Boat SurveyorProfessional marine surveyors have vast experience and expertise for which there is no substitute. If your boat is damaged by a storm or in a collision, for example, an insurance or finance company will demand a professional survey. Likewise, says author Dag Pike, you should hire a surveyor before you write the check for a secondhand boat. If you’re looking at several boats, however, having each one surveyed by a pro will be costly.

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Sailing Alone Around the World

The Complete Illustrated Edition

By Joshua Slocum

Introduction by Geoffrey Wolff, Published by Zenith Press   242 pages   hardcover   $35

Sailing Alone Around the WorldMost sailors have read Joshua Slocum’s firsthand account of the world’s first solo circumnavigation. You probably own a well-worn copy of Sailing Alone Around the World, but it’s nothing like this beautifully produced illustrated edition from Zenith Press.

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Salt in the Rainbow

By Jonathan Muhiudeen

Published by Jonathan Muhiudeen   360 pages   paperback   $25

Salt in the RainbowJonathan Muhiudeen started sailing relatively late in life, in his mid-twenties. After learning from books he borrowed from the library, he put theory into practice at the Royal Selangor Yacht Club in his native Malaysia. His “sabbatical” from a successful career as a banker stretched into a four-year circumnavigation. The nightlife, the fancy watch, sports cars…all traded for salt in his rainbow.

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Greenpeace Captain

My Adventures in Protecting the Future of Our Planet

By Peter Willcox with Ronald. B. Weiss

Published by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press,  336 pages

Greenpeace CaptainAs a captain with the environmental organization Greenpeace for more than three decades, Peter Willcox has had more daring adventures than most of us could expect in ten lifetimes. This South Norwalk, CT native, who began his career as second mate aboard the sloop Clearwater with Pete Seeger at age 20, is well known for his tireless devotion to saving our planet.

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