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California Beaches (Foghorn Outdoors) Paperback – 24 Mar 2003
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The authors' approach of listing state, local and private facilites is helpful. I would have liked geologic information - for example descriptions of bottom conditions (ie sandy, rocky etc.). However, I realize that a consistent description is geologically impossible. So, I suggest that you get the California Coastal Access Guide as a companion volume and use both to "guesstimate".
Some of this book is available at the publisher's website for free. If at all possible, I suggest that you check out the commentary on the website for a beach and town that you know before purchasing this book. That will give you an idea of the the size of the grain of salt that you will need to take with the commentary. For the beaches and beach towns I know well, I come close to concurring with their opinions. However, I find many of their recommendations for food/lodging/nightlife rather rich for my taste and budget, so I'm looking elsewhere for this information.
I have never before written a review about a book on Amazon, but my positive experience with the Foghorn series has compelled me to do so.
This is not a review but a complaint. I am the co-author of the book in question, California Beaches. The very first customer review on your site is by someone who takes us to task for not being very good at steering surfers to beaches. If we purported to do so, that would be a valid criticism. However, our book is a broad-based guide to public beach access, and places to stay, eat and go out at night. Our book is about a lot of things, in fact, but it isn't, nor does it claim to be, a guide for the surfing cult. To be maligned for something we don't claim to be is unfair. Worse, this erroneous pan is the first review that people see when they come to your site to check out our book. Worse still, it was written about the first edition, which came out seven years ago. We have completely rewritten California Beaches twice since then, and the third edition has just been published. I admire the idea of posting reader feedback but see no reason why our chances of selling books on amazon.com has to be undermined by a review that bases its argument on a false assumption - that the aim of this book is to guide surfers to surfing beaches. I would therefore respectfully request that you remove it from the site. Sincerely, Parke Puterbaugh (Greensboro, NC)
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