Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This cable TV documentary deals with the importance of beaches throughout history, from wartime use to the promotion of the "glamour" lifestyle in the fleshpots of Europe and North America. From Rio to the Riviera, from Miami to Muscle Beach, the places where surf meets sand have always held a special place in the hearts of historians and sociologists. Typical of the documentary's whimsy-with-a-purpose approach to its material is a "six degrees of separation" sequence which, amazingly, links the Normandy beach invasion on D-Day with the popular TV series Baywatch. History of the Beach: The Turning Tides of History was first seen as part of the History Channel's Time Machine anthology.