Beautiful swimmers: watermen, crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay

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Penguin Books, 1977 - Nature - 304 pages
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Review: Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay

User Review  - Tom - Goodreads

I can't remember how I came across this but am so glad I did. It's very well written and tells many great, personal stories of the history and lives of crab fisherman on the Chesapeake. Anyone who likes great stories and lives near the Bay will appreciate this. Read full review

Review: Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay

User Review  - Rochelle Barainca - Goodreads

I picked up this book as part of a project for grad school. I have always loved the water, so I thought it would be a good fit. I enjoyed the book. I learned a lot about the blue crab fishery, the ... Read full review


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About the author (1977)

Author William W. Warner was born in Manhattan, New York in 1920. In 1943, he received a bachelor's degree in geology from Princeton University. He joined the Naval Reserve and was called to active duty during World War II where he served as an aerial photoanalyst in the South Pacific. After the war, he opend a ski lodge in Stowe, Vermount and taught high school English. In 1953, he worked in Central and South America organizing cultural programs for the United States Information Agency. In 1961, he was the Peace Corps. program coordinator for Latin America. He worked at the Smithsonian Institution from 1964 to 1972. He wrote four books during his lifetime. Beautiful Swimmers, a study of crabs and watermen in the Chesapeake Bay, won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1977 and has never gone out of print. He also wrote Distant Water: The Fate of the North Atlanic Fisherman, At Peace with All Their Neighbors, and Into the Porcupine Cave and Other Odysseys. He died from complications of Alzheimer's disease on April 18, 2008.

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