Into the Rip: How the Australian Way of Risk Made My Family Stronger, Happier ... and Less American

Author(s): Damien Cave


When Damien Cave brought his young family to Sydney to set up the New York Times' Australian Bureau, they encountered the local pursuits of Nippers and surfing - and a completely different approach to risk that changed the way they lived their lives.

Damien Cave has always been fascinated by risk. Having covered the war in Iraq and moved to Mexico City with two babies in nappies, he and his wife Diana thought they understood something about the subject.

But when they arrived in Sydney so that Cave could establish The New York Times's Australia Bureau, life near the ocean confronted them with new ideas and questions, at odds with their American mindset that risk was a matter of individual choices. Surf-lifesaving and Nippers showed that perhaps it could be managed together, by communities. And instead of being either eliminated or romanticised, it might instead be respected and even embraced.

And so Cave set out to understand how our current attitude to risk developed - and why it's not necessarily good for us.

Into the Rip is partly the story of this New York family learning to live better by living with the sea and it is partly the story of how humans manage the idea of risk. Interviewing experts and everyday heroes, Cave asks critical questions like: Is safety overrated? Why do we miscalculate risk so often and how can we improve? Is it selfish to take risks or can more exposure make for stronger families, citizens and nations? And how do we factor in legitimate fears and major disasters like Cave has covered in his time here: the Black Summer fires; the Christchurch massacre; and, of course, Covid?

The result is Grit meets Phosphorescence and Any Ordinary Day - a book that will change the way you and your family think about facing the world's hazards.




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Damien Cave is an American living in Australia. He is currently head of the Australian office of the New Your Times office based in Sydney. He explores, through his own four years’ experience living in Australia, the difference in the approach to living a full life between Australia and the United States of America. Whilst he acknowledges the “good” and “bad” of both cultures, he has written an assessment based on the appetite for taking risk within a more collegiate community structure within Australia (Royal Life Saving Organisation).  His research which included talking to various academics and philosophers in both countries, informed his views and provided a foundation for this intimate and poignant memoir that has a message for us all on what makes Australian society on balance so good and which elements of it we should be striving to keep. A very informative and personal read. Well recommended if you want to learn more about our Australia.

Michael, the Bookseller.

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  • : 9781760857097
  • : Simon & Schuster Australia
  • : Simon & Schuster Australia
  • : August 2021
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  • : English
  • : 2109
  • : Paperback
  • : Damien Cave