Hope, Heartbreak, and Wonder in the Blue World
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  • Author: David Helvarg
  • Product Code: 83284
  • ISBN: 978-1-60868-328-4
  • Pages: 304
  • 1 Paperback
  • Size: 5.50 x 8.25


Acclaimed as “the premier chronicler of America’s complex relationship with our oceans” (Honolulu Weekly), David Helvarg has also been a war correspondent, investigative journalist, documentary producer, and private investigator. The one constant in his adventurous life has been love for the sea. His personal story of love, loss, and redemption, Saved by the Sea is also a profound, startling, and sometimes funny reflection on the state of our seas and the intimate ways in which our lives are linked to the natural world around us.


“Amazing and often heartrending adventures in and around the ocean...A great read from an outstanding writer.”
— Philippe Cousteau, ocean explorer

“Read Saved by the Sea for pleasure, read it for adventure, read it because it conveys the gift of being allowed to slip into David Helvarg’s world and view the ocean, and humankind, with profound new understanding. But beware: This book has the power to change the way you think about the world, about yourself, and about the future of humankind.”
— Sylvia Earle, ocean explorer and author of The World Is Blue

“This is a love story, filled as most of them are with a certain amount of pain and a great deal of pleasure. David Helvarg has done an awful lot to protect the world’s oceans, not least this fine piece of writing!”
— Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

“An elegant memoir of a meaningful life.”
Kirkus Reviews

“In this powerful story of love, loss, and resolve, Helvarg bares his heart and takes us through his life and across the oceans, letting us see that the antidote to all is simply to have something to believe in, and a cause to serve.”
— Carl Safina, author of Song for the Blue Ocean

“An inspiring read. And an important one.”
San Francisco Chronicle