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Atlantic : A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

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The Atlantic Ocean from its first existence, our discovery of it as a immense sea between Europe and the Americas through to its likely demise. It stays absorbing and hugely informative from page one with Simon Winchester tackling geology, geography, history, archaeology, science, natural history, biology and ecology to tell this vast story. All these “ologies” don’t overwhelm, the author is a master of marshalling facts and writes with great verve, injecting this history with anecdote and his own personal experiences of the ocean from child to man.

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Atlantic : A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories by Simon Winchester

The definitive biography of the world's most important body of water -- the Atlantic. One hundred and ninety million years ago, the shifting of two of the world's tectonic plates led to the creation of an immense chasm. This giant gash in the flanks of the planet slowly opened up and eventually evolved into the most important and most travelled ocean in our world. In this utterly original biography, Simon Winchester explores the life of the Atlantic; it's birth, its relationship with mankind, and what lies in store for it once man has left the stage. He charts the development of the first settlements by the Oceanside -- the communities of Celts and Vikings and whose lives depended on the sea -- and delves into the age of exploration, venturing to forgotten worlds. The building of some of the world's most beautiful port cities -- London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Casablanca -- is also examined, along with the creation of settlements and colonies in and around the sea. Completely unique and highly readable, Atlantic takes its reader on a wonderful journey through time, along the waves of our planet's most significant ocean.

Reviews

'Winchester unfolds this epic narrative with admirable simplicity: his prose style is conversational, and crackles with strange images. He marries even-handed scholarship with a gift for storytelling, neither dumbing down nor assuming any specific knowledge in his readership. This is from start to finish an enthralling book, and one that does justice to the magnitude of its subject'
Edmund Gordon, Sunday Times

'Illuminating!a] wonderful, encyclopaedic book, pinpointing key moments in the narrative of an entire ocean and our relationship to it'
Philip Hoare, Sunday Telegraph

'[A] fabulous book'
Scotsman

'An engaging account'
Mail on Sunday

'[Winchester] is maddeningly gifted ! a rollicking ride'
Washington Post

'Enjoyable and richly informative'
Telegraph

About the Author

Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester was born and educated in England, has lived in Africa, India and Asia, and now lives in New York.

Having reported from almost everywhere during an award-winning twenty-year career as a Guardian foreign correspondent, he is currently the Asia-Pacific editor for Condé Nast Traveler and contributes to a number of American magazines, as well as to the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator and the BBC.

Simon Winchester's books include Outposts: Travels to the Remains of the British Empire; Korea: A Walk through the Land of Miracles; The Pacific; Pacific Nightmare, a fictional account of the aftermath of the Hong Kong hand-over; Prison Diary, Argentina, the story of three months spent in a Patagonian jail on spying charges during the Falklands war; The River at the Centre of the World - A Journey Up the Yangtze, Back in Chinese Time, The Surgeon of Crowthorne, The Fracture Zone and The Map That Changed the World.

Photograph © Marion Ettlinger

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Publication date

7th July 2011

Author

Simon Winchester

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Publisher

HarperPress an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
512 pages

Categories

History
The Real World

General & world history
Oceanography (seas)

ISBN

9780007341399

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