Sweetness and Blood

How Surfing Spread From Hawaii and California to the Rest of the World, With Some Unexpected Results

Moore, Michael Scott

Paperback - 2010
Sweetness and Blood
Baker & Taylor
A folk history of surfing after World War II places an emphasis on its cultural influences while documenting the author's visits to such lesser-known surfing destinations as West Africa, Berlin and Cuba, offering insight into the roles played by such contributors as Christian missionaries and colonials.

McMillan Palgrave
How did an obscure tribal sport from precolonial Hawaii—one that was nearly eliminated by Christian
missionaries—jump oceans to California and Australia? And how did it become such a worldwide passion, even in places where the surf may be excellent but the society is highly conservative or superstitious about the sea?
In Sweetness and Blood - a brilliantly written travel adventure - journalist (and surfer) Michael Scott Moore visits unlikely surfing destinations—Israel and the Gaza Strip, West Africa, Great Britain, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Cuba, and Morocco—to find out. Whether he is connecting eccentric surf legend Doc Paskowitz to the Arab-Israeli conflict, trying to deconstruct the terrorist bombing in a nightclub in Bali, or being chased by the German police while surfing a river break in Berlin, Moore masterfully weaves together politics, culture, history, and surfing to create a book like no other.

Publisher: New York, NY : Rodale : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, c2010
ISBN: 1609611403
Branch Call Number: 797.3209 M
Characteristics: viii, 328 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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