Examining the past four hundred years of regional history, this book discusses the historic, economic, and environmental history of Long Island's East End. Backed by Weigold's academic experience and her extensive research, Baywaters provides an original and thorough account of this region's past. Weigold writes in a journalistic style and incorporates historical and contemporary figures into her text, from Albert Einstein to Whoopi Goldberg. Tying four hundred years of history together by topic, Weigold discusses the changing lifestyles of Long Island residents as well as the evolution of tourism and the presence of the military in the wake of September 11th. Weigold's scholarly experience is enhanced by her personal familiarity with the region, which gives the book a cheerful and personable tone and makes the book accessible to a wide audience.