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Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait by [Bathsheba Demuth]

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Bathsheba Demuth is an environmental historian at Brown University, specializing in the United States and Russia, and in the history of energy and past climates. She has lived in and studied Arctic communities across Eurasia and North America. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.


"Floating Coast is an extraordinary piece of history writing, seamlessly weaving together disparate elements. It is astonishingly rich in ethnographic detail, ecological precision, economic circumstance and historical texture. Most illuminating and original is Demuth’s focus on the circulation of matter―in flesh, on hoof, inside fur and hide, and in buried minerals."
Sverker Sörlin, Nature

"This book has unsettled me like no other I’ve recently read…[
Floating Coast] is brilliant."
Lucy Kogler, Literary Hub

"A brilliant hybrid…Often reminiscent to me of Barry Lopez's
Arctic Dreams in its combination of rigorous research, intense looking and listening, and its clear ethical vision."
Robert Macfarlane, author of Underland

Floating Coast is a historian’s Moby Dick, a great white whale of a book that spans centuries and links landscapes, living beings, and the flux of time, into a marvelously readable narrative."
Amitav Ghosh, author of The Great Derangement

"A poetic meditation on the devastations of modernity in the sea, on terra firma, and, eventually, belowground. Whale hunters and reindeer herders, greedy capitalists and utopian planners, hopeful prospectors and raw-material-hungry government bureaucrats appear on the stage in this analytically powerful book, a monument to a people and their land just as much as an allegory of the world we have created."
Sven Beckert, author of Empire of Cotton: A Global History

"Brilliant, compelling, and beautifully executed…Bathsheba Demuth writes with the poetry and wisdom of the land and the sea, drawing the human-wrought past of a faraway place close to the lives and future of us all."
Jack E. Davis, author of The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea

"Bathsheba Demuth’s history flows as richly and fluidly as Arctic waters. As she tracks the dynamics of the modernist ecological makeover of the Bering Strait, Demuth is inventing a new form of historical narrative."
Kate Brown, author of Manual for Survival

"In a time when human desire bends so very much of what it encounters to its own image, Bathsheba Demuth's debut encourages us to think about the very physical limits of such a proposition. Easily one of the most innovative and poetic natural histories I have read in years."
Elizabeth Rush, author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

"With her pleasing prose, relentless research, and profound sense of place, Bathsheba Demuth does elegant justice to the social and environmental revolutions that define the modern history of Beringia, and to the stories of indigenous communities and diverse newcomers, of gold rush and gulag, of whales and caribou."
John McNeill, author of Something New Under the Sun

"A cautionary, instructive tale highly recommended for readers with an interest in environmental conservation."
Library Journal (starred review)

"A superb book, essential reading for students of the once-and-future Arctic."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07JRCMK7C
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (August 20, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 20, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 11718 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 427 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91 ratings

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Author of FLOATING COAST: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait, Bathsheba Demuth is a historian at Brown University. She specializes in the lands and seas of the Russian and North American Arctic. Her interest in northern environments and cultures began when she was 18 and moved to the village of Old Crow in the Yukon. For over two years, she mushed huskies, hunted caribou, fished for salmon, tracked bears, and otherwise learned to survive in the taiga and tundra. In the years since, Demuth has visited Arctic communities across Eurasia and North America. From the archive to the dog sled, she is interested in how the histories of people, ideas, places, and non-human species intersect.

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