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"Moore and a robust we suit have boldly gone where only seriously unhinged dudes have gone before, mapping out fresh, unexpected cartography of the waves...What he has done, subtly and beguilingly, is write a book about surfing that often is not really about surfing but about simply being alive. Moore is a modern surf troubadour, singing the adventures of a cast of eccentric pioneers...Moore writes in a spirit far closer to Bruce Chatwin's In Patagonia than to the latest issue of Curve."
-- Andy Martin, author of Stealing the Wave, New York Times Book Review
“A wild, passionate, and thrilling ride; in the company of Pacific princes, beatnik athletes, and outlaw long-boarders, Michael Scott Moore catches surfing’s global wave through a sweeping history of America’s most liberating, taut, and tanned cultural export. Glorious!”
—Rory MacLean, author of Magic Bus: On the Hippie Trail from Istanbul to India
“Warm, smart, funny, and beautifully written. Sweetness and Blood goes off the beaten surf-path to give us a bigger, more interesting surf world.”
—Matt Warshaw, author of The Encyclopedia of Surfing
“Michael Scott Moore has delivered a perfect tale, filled with adventure, insight, and exquisite turns of phrase. For those who think surfing is just some Cali boys running around saying ‘dude,’ he shows that wherever there’s water, from Munich to the Gaza Strip, taking a ride on it means freedom—and the siren call is universal.”
—Deanne Stillman, author of Twentynine Palms: A True Story of Murder, Marines, and the Mojave

“Sweetness and Blood, Michael Scott Moore’s moving personal hejira through wave-riding’s undiscovered back country, is a constantly surprising and emotional ride as it proves both surf culture’s truly pervasive influence, and how the world of waves—wherever they may be, and whoever rides them—lead to the heart of the world itself.
—David Rensin, author of All for a Few Perfect
Waves: The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora
“The most fun, riskiest, most joyful, highest form of travelogue lit. Everyone will have their favorite chapter and section. Like Theroux combined with the best part of the best travel story of vintage Granta magazine...love, love, love this book!”
—Joy Nicholson, author of The Road to Esmeralda
“A wonderful and engaging book, Sweetness and Blood combines folk history, pop art, and great, old-fashioned travel writing into a fun-filled tale of surfing’s global conquest. From the shell-shocked beaches of the Gaza Strip to the shell-packed beaches of Bali, Moore has packed enough cool cultural ephemera into this one volume to make this book a must-read for anyone interested the sport.”
—Steven Kotler, author of West of Jesus: Surfing, Science and the Origin of Belief
“Sweetness and Blood is a lively tour de force of travel writing and enterprising research that tells the truly fascinating story of surfing’s spread into unlikely corners of the globe. This is like Beach Boys music for the sun-hungry brain, imagination, and soul.”
—Francisco Goldman, author of The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop
“Sweetness and Blood reveals a great deal about the evolution of surfing but even more about the currents of globalization—which are as complex and as hard to fathom as those of the ocean itself. There is a remarkable character, a surprising bit of history and a fresh insight on every single page of this wonderful book.”
—Ethan Watters, author of Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche

California and Hawaii : as civilization advances --
Indonesia : bulé bulé --
Germany : the Fun-Gesellschaft --
Morocco : Kilroy was here --
United Kingdom : English incomers --
Israel and the Gaza Strip : two opposed ideas --
Cuba : La otra revolución --
São Tomé and Príncipe : the stern of an old canoe --
Japan : plastics.
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ISBN-10:  1605294276
ISBN-13:  978-1605294278
Author:  Michael Scott Moore
Genre:  Outdoors & Nature, Sports
Publisher:  Rodale Books
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review by . April 12, 2010
Moore goes around the world to trace the history of surfing's athletic, economic, and cultural spread to places not normally associated with surfing culture. After a brief review of the accepted history (Hawaii to California to Australia and the other usual surfing hotspots) Moore takes off for-- Germany . . . the Gaza Strip . . . Morocco.    Yes, Germany is [mostly--see my mea culpa in the comment below] landlocked, and yes, there is a small "surfing culture" on the canals and …
review by . September 14, 2010
To be honest, I think that the appeal of Sweetness and Blood is limited to those serious or semi-serious surfers. It's a great read if you're familiar with surfing people and their environs, but at times it seems to develop a little bit of "been there... saw that... got the t-shirt" feeling.    For me, the "how" is too often cloaked in mystery and legend. There is some history, but the true interest in this is the way that surfers adapt to local cultures and lifestyles (like …
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