Ocean's End is a narrative non-fiction
account of the ongoing destruction of the
world's oceans and what can be done to
save them. Readers are taken on a global
journey -- from the Grand Banks of
Newfoundland and the coral reefs of Belize
to the tiny atolls of the central Pacific and
the collapsing ice shelves of Antarctica --
to witness how people's lives are already
being affected by the impoverishment of
our ocean planet.
Warmly received by critics and adopted by numerous university
Ocean's End has been released in Chinese by the
Shanghai Translation Publishing House. Available in hardcover
and paperback from Basic Books.
"[This] chronicle of Colin Woodard's travels through the
world's marine disaster zones, aims for the emotional
clarity of the anecdotal with a chillingly microscopic account
of just how our various follies have come about... Woodard
is a tremendous reporter - anyone doing Web searches on
environmental problems will repeatedly come across his
articles from a variety of newspapers. And he is a strong,
impassioned writer as well."
--  Bill McKibben, Boston Sunday Globe, July 9, 2000
"This is a very disturbing book--and it's meant to be.
Journalist Woodard gives us a wake-up call that our oceans
are in trouble and that we have to act now if we are to save
them and ourselves from destruction. In a manner
reminiscent of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Woodard
describes his journeys to a variety of endangered areas: the
possibly already-destroyed Black Sea, the bleaching coral
reefs of Belize and the Caribbean, the collapsing fisheries of
Newfoundland and the North Atlantic, and the shrinking ice
shelves of the Antarctic Peninsula. In addition to his own
observations, Woodard includes a solid background of the
history, politics, and science of each area of focus. He
concludes with a prescription for the global action that must
occur if we are to turn the problem around, and it is just
possible that it can be done. Woodard has done his part by
writing the book. Our first job is to get the book (and
others like it) into our libraries and then into the hands and
minds of our patrons. Highly recommended for libraries at
all levels, especially public libraries."
-- Library Journal, 14 April 2000, STARRED REVIEW
"Part travelogue and part ecology lesson... an informed,
balanced, and constructive account..."
-- Foreign Affairs, November, 2000 / December, 2000
"Let's get right to the point of this review. Everyone who
lives near, works or plays on an ocean should read
. Heck, everybody who breathes should read it! Ocean's
is a riveting page turner...Not all travel books are about
pleasant treks through Provence or Tuscany. This one,
however, is more important to read than all the others
-- MaineHarbors.com, August 2000
"If current literature on water were to be collected and
canonized, this book would be the equivalent of Jeremiah....a
passionate, powerful travelogue..."
-- Dallas Morning News, July 23, 2000
"As divers we have the responsibility to protect the sea...
With his frank observations, [Woodard]...influences with
fact, rather than fluff... [and] offers logical and practical
solutions to the destruction rather than simply pleading for
action... an important message for divers around the world."
-- Skin Diver, August 2000
"Ocean's End is a wake-up call for those who see the watery
part of the world as the final terrestrial frontier...a book that
every sailor should read..."
-- Sailing, July 2001
"Woodard's quietly passionate and focused presentation
leaves little doubt about the gravity of the water world's
ecological crisis."
-- Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2000
"Easy to understand but hard to forget... The weight of
evidence...is overwhelming... Each story is an expertly
efficient account..."
-- East Bay Express (Berkeley, CA)
Reviews of Ocean's End: Travels
Through Endangered Seas
(c) 2003-2007 Colin S. Woodard; All rights reserved.
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Chinese translation:
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European Union:
Chapter 4 of Ocean's End
describes the vulnerability
Louisiana and New
to hurricanes,
rising seas, and other
predicted effects of global
warming. In 1998, officials
already planned to use the
Superdome and downtown
hotels for "vertical
evacuation" in the event of
a direct hit, like Hurricane
Chapter 7 of Ocean's End
contains firsthand accounts
of the melting of
Antarctica, including the
possible loss of the
Antarctic Ice Sheet
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