"I urge readers to dive into this book headfirst and to allow its currents to carry them along. Bravo, Lankford, bravo! This book will take me back to Tahoe and enable me to see it as though for the first time."
— Jonah Raskin,
Author of Natives, Newcomers, Exiles, Fugitives: Northern California Writers and their Work, and a professor of communication studies at Sonoma State University
"This book is pure pleasure. Equally at home in nature and culture, the past and the present, Scott Lankford reflects on Tahoe from the deep geological past to contemporary ecological threats,writing about all of it with a lover's fervor and respect, a keen eye, and sparkling wit….I learned something new on every page."
— Tom Lutz,
Author of Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America; editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books
"Sparkling like the lake itself, this is a revealing depiction of the characters and forces that have shaped one of our national treasures. A compelling read to keep Tahoe Blue."
— Dr. Leo E. Chavez,
Superintendent and President, Sierra College
"A must read for anyone interested in Lake Tahoe, and, for that matter, for anyone interested in a good story of a particular landscape, in this case the largest mountain lake in America."
— Greg Sarris,
Chairman, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria; author of Grand Avenue and Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream
“Tahoe Beneath the Surface opened my eyes to a history of California and America that I never knew existed. From the prehistoric trees discovered beneath the surface of Lake Tahoe to weird ‘coincidences’ linking Jack Ruby, JFK and Marilyn Monroe to Tahoe, the book is full of surprises. Scott Lankford has a very appealing writing style that makes complex events easy to understand and exciting. I especially appreciate Lankford's decision to include the history of the native peoples who lived around Tahoe as well as the hidden history of the Chinese railroad workers who literally carved their way through the Tahoe Sierra. This book is a fascinating and highly readable gem!
— May-lee Chai,
Author of Dragon Chica and The Girl from Purple Mountain