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One of Library Journal’s 10 Best Books of 2015
Following his acclaimed Atlantic and The Men Who United the States, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester offers an captivating biography of the Pacific Ocean and its function within the modern-day world, exploring our courting with this imposing force of nature.
As the Mediterranean formed the classical international, and the Atlantic connected Europe to the New World, the Pacific Ocean defines our tomorrow. With China on the rise, so, too, are the American towns of the West coast, which includes Seattle, San Francisco, and the long cluster of cities down the Silicon Valley.
Today, the Pacific is ascendant. Its geological history has long converted us remarkable earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis however its human records, from a Western perspective, is quite young, starting with Magellan’s 16th-century circumnavigation. It is a herbal wonder whose most captivating history is currently being made.
In telling the story of the Pacific, Simon Winchester takes us from the Bering Strait to Cape Horn, the Yangtze River to the Panama Canal, and to the many small islands and archipelagos that lie in between. He observes the fall of a dictator in Manila, visits aboriginals in northern Queensland, and is jailed in Tierra del Fuego, the land at the cease of the arena. His journey incorporates a experience down the Alaska Highway, a prevent at the remoted Pitcairn Islands, a trek throughout South Korea and a glimpse of its mysterious northern neighbor.
Winchester’s personal revel in is full-size and his storytelling 2d to none. And his ancient understanding of the place is ambitious, making Pacific a paean to this surprising sea of splendor, fable, and imagination that is reworking our lives.
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