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Islands in the Storm

William Sargent
2014 o 387 pp.
Price: $20.00

The culmination of nearly 6 years of research, Islands in the Storm explores the occasionally ingenious, but often-misguided attempts made by communities across the globe to combat the ocean’s inevitable advance. Sargent incorporates insights from California to the Netherlands, yet always brings the focus back to Plum Island Massachusetts, just a few miles from his home. Through detailed first-hand accounts of those who have seen their homes swallowed by the sea and others who will likely suffer the same fate, Islands in the Storm shows how problems we once thought were years away have already arrived. Thankfully, a healthy dash of wit and humor keeps this invaluable book for waterfront homeowners, or anyone who cares about the future of America’s beaches, economy, or infrastructure, both informative and enjoyable.

“With the Climate Crisis, everything is local, and there is no one more local than Bill Sargent. His first-person story telling, always with a science base, once again brings into sharp focus the interactions of the people most affected by the sea… The stories he tells are our stories. Listen, listen, to Bill Sargent.” – John Harwood

 
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Fukushima

William Sargent
Price: $7.95


Fukushima
takes an in-depth look at the March, 2011 nuclear disaster that occurred as a result of one the most powerful earthquakes ever to hit Japan. In his lively and conversational writing style, Sargent puts the tragedy in useful context by exploring what led the Japanese to build 55 nuclear power plants on one of the most seismically active locations on Earth,

Sargent helps us to see Japan's economic success story through the prism of its aggressive approach to energy independence while resisting new geological understandings of plate tectonics that would likely have changed their decision to build the plants along the geologic "ring of fire."

Fukushima also takes us through the moment-by-moment decisions and miscommunications that created the worst nuclear disaster in our planet's history, demonstrating that there is no such thing as a fail-safe nuclear system. But Sargent's tale isn't all dark. He leaves us with a peak into a possible energy future that relies much more on clean energy and forces us to take a long, hard look at our reliance on nuclear.

 

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Storm Surge

A Coastal Village Battles the Rising Atlantic
William Sargent


2004 o 176 pp. 8 illus. 6 x 9"
Ecology & Environmental Studies / Cape Cod
$12.50 Paper, 978-1-58465-406-3


“Sargent can turn an event as mundane as a rising tide into poetry . . . Storm Surge is a book for everyone who loves the shore, especially Cape Cod.”-Boston Globe

A compelling tale of a natural disaster and its effects on a small New England community, now back in print.
On January 2, 1987, a fierce nor'easter stalled off Cape Cod's Nauset Beach. Pounding waves flattened the low dunes and a foot-high storm surge breached the fragile barrier. Tons of sand and water cascaded through the break. Overnight, the village of Chatham, Massachusetts, faced an amount of sea level rise that most coastal communities won't face for years.
Storm Surge tells the dramatic story of the people of Chatham and how they battled to survive the sudden and unexpected disaster. It interweaves the stories of homeowners whose houses were swept away and the fishermen whose livelihoods were threatened, with the public brawls that erupted between dedicated scientists, environmental bureaucrats, law enforcement agencies, and attorneys. It puts a human face on the larger story of other coastal communities around the globe that must inevitably come to grips, as Chatham did, with the environmental impact of a changing world.
Endorsements:
“With Storm Surge, Sargent has written a gripping tale of nature's power to change the earth and to change lives in the process. It's science writing that reads like a novel, with all the page-turning excitement of a thriller.”-William Martin, author of Cape Cod

 

Shallow Waters

A Year on Cape Cod's Pleasant Bay
William Sargent

1999 o 138 pages
Ecology & Environmental Studies / Cape Cod
$24.95 Paper, 978-1887086110

Shallow Waters: A Year on Cape Cod's Pleasant Bay (1981) received the Boston Globe Winship award for the best book about New England and was the basis for a NOVA film, The Sea Behind the Dunes, selected by the National Audubon Society as the best natural history film of the year.
“With his fine descriptions and lucid explanations, Sargent joins the company of Lewis Thomas and Stephen Jay Gould as a first-rate interpreter of modern science.” Publisher's Weekly


“It is a gem of Natural History… the best introduction to the original environment of the New England coast.”  E.O. Wilson, Harvard University


“A joy to read.” The Washington Post

In this book, William Sargent defines the quiet beauty of the bay and the life and nourishment it provides the marine world; pure marsh environments, like Pleasant bay, are among the most productive ecosystems in the world.

If we are to understand fully the critical role our coastal waters play in the ebb and flow of Cape Cod, Shallow Waters today is as essential as it was 30 years ago, when it first rolled off the press.

 

The Hottest Year On Record

William Sargent
Price: $15.95

Status: Available to Ship

Science writer William Sargent had intended to take a break from writing about the world’s environmental crises to “tend to his own garden.” Yet, as the hottest year on record unfolded with a series of massive fires, floods and the most devastating storm ever to hit the East Coast, it became increasingly difficult to keep the focus inward.

What results is a raucous jaunt from his home in Ipswich Massachusetts to the far corners of the Globe to chronicle these events. In the end he draws hope from science, nature and his own deep and abiding sense of the earth and universal spirituality.

 

The Well From Hell

William Sargent
Price: $15.95

 

Status: Available to Ship

In his trademark style of gracefully examining the interplay between political and environmental concerns, The Well From Hell offers an engaging, informative, and important context for BP’s tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico, placing the company’s short-cuts and lack of preparedness in the larger and colorful story of BP’s corporate culture.  Just as importantly, Sargent also considers the spill’s potential legacy in the broader frame of other oil spills, the geology of our remaining oil, and the incentives that drive energy production and consumption.

“This was one of those events that shouldn’t be forgotten—and here’s an excellent before-during-and-after account that sets the great spill in useful context.”  ~ Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

 “An engaging, informative, and important context for BP’s tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico, lucidly describing the incentives that drive oil production and consumption, with colorful nuggets of BP corporate history.”       ~ Deborah Cramer, Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage and Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water Our World

 

Beach Wars

William Sargent
Price: $15.95

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On March 19, 2012 the Cape Cod National Seashore demolished five barrier beach homes threatened by sea level rise. It was only the latest skirmish in the ongoing battle over the use of this fragile caprice of nature. Beach Wars chronicles the pirates, Indians, rumrunners and farmers who have used this beach to hunt, fish, mooncuss and cut salt marsh hay. Their stories reflect the history of the United States and how we have come to redefine how we want to protect and live with our land and oceans. They also hold valuable lessons for the three million other United States citizens who live less than a meter above sea level and in our two hundred other barrier beach communities.

 

Eat, Hay and Run
Lilly and Minot Visit India

William Sargent
Illustrated by Tom Palance

$14.95 Soft Cover

2011 o 29 pp.
15 Illustrations 7" x 10"

Lilly and Minot live at a dairy farm in the little town of Ipswich, north of Boston. They became famous when Lilly taught kids how to ride her bull-friend, Minot.
Their unbounded curiosity and desire to help others have led to great adventures around the world, from marching in the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans to learning about Minot's Indian bovine counterparts.
In this lighthearted spoof of the book "Eat, Pray, Love" Lilly and her pet bull Minot find adventure and just a little romance in India.

 

 

Lilly and Minot
Visit the New Orleans Oil Spill

William Sargent
Illustrated by Julia Purinton

$12.95 Soft Cover

2011 o 30 pp.
15 Illustrations 7" x 10"

 

Lilly and Minot live at a dairy farm in the little town of Ipswich, north of Boston. They became famous when Lilly taught kids how to ride her bull-friend, Minot.

Their unbounded curiosity and desire to help others have led to great adventures around the world, from marching in the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans to learning about Minot's Indian bovine counterparts.
In this witty and charming book, Lilly and Minot travel to New Orleans to help clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of New Mexico.

 


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