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"You think Jaws made you fear the ocean? In this adrenaline rush of a book, Casey describes 'nature's biggest tantrum.' Her eerie, majestic descriptions make The Wave an unsettling thrill ride that's as terrifying as it is awe-inspiring."

-People

"Something is stewing in our seas, and Susan Casey - traveling and in some cases, swimming, all around the world - is eager to find out what it is. Both a rollicking look at the ocean's growing freakishness and a troubling examination of our ailing planet, The Wave gives new meaning to the term 'immersion reporting.'"

-Hampton Sides

The Wave

About the Book

The Wave by Susan Casey

Cover of The Wave"For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently, scientists dismissed these stories - waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet's waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea - including several that approached 100 feet.

As scientists scramble to understand this phenomenon, others view the giant waves as the ultimate challenge. These are extreme surfers who fly around the world trying to ride the ocean's most destructive monsters. The pioneer of extreme surfing is the legendary Laird Hamilton, who, with a group of friends in Hawaii, figured out how to board suicidally large waves of 70 and 80 feet. Casey follows this unique tribe of people as they seek to conquer the holy grail of their sport: a 100 foot wave.

In this mesmerizing account, the exploits of Hamilton and his fellow surfers are juxtaposed against scientists' urgent efforts to understand the destructive power of waves - from the tsunami that wiped out 250,000 people in the Pacific in 2004 to the 1,740 foot wave that recently leveled part of the Alaskan Coast. Like Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, The Wave brilliantly portrays human beings confronting nature at its most ferocious." - Random House

How Do I Get the Book?

Freshmen: Complimentary copies of the book will be provided to all incoming freshmen at Orientation. If you are attending an Orientation in June, you will receive your copy at check-in. If you are attending an Orientation in August, your book will be mailed to you mid-July.

Students with Disabilities (all students, including Freshmen): If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request this text in an alternate format, please contact Peggy Turner, Disability Services, at (910) 962-7555. No alternate format copies will be supplied without proper documentation.

Other Students: A limited amount of complimentary copies will be available at Common Reading events during the fall. Copies are also available for purchase at the UNCW bookstore and at your local bookstore. Copies are available for loan at Randall Library.

Faculty and Staff: If you are interested in participating in this program or reviewing the text, please email commonreading@uncw.edu to request a copy.


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