Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait


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$17.95  $16.69
W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 8.1 X 1.2 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

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.


In a time when human desire bends so very much of what it encounters to its own image, 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
Brilliant, compelling, and beautifully executed... 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, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea
This first-ever popular history of the Bering Strait poses questions that will only grow more important in a warming climate: it explores how animals, plants, natural landscapes, and human beings responded as capitalism and communism demanded that they serve ideas of human progress. Demuth's research in Inupiat, Yupik, and Chukchi communities shows care and rigor, but it is the poetry of her writing that tends to come up first in recommendations and reviews.--Hilah Kohen
Floating Coast is an extraordinary piece of history writing.--Sverker Sölin
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