Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers

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Following his acclaimed Atlantic and The Men Who United the States, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester offers an enthralling biography of the Pacific Ocean and its role in the modern world, exploring our relationship with this imposing force of nature.As the Mediterranean shaped the classical world, 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 cities of the West coast, including Seattle, San Francisco, and the long cluster of towns down the Silicon Valley.Today, the Pacific is ascendant. Its geological history has long transformed us--tremendous earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis--but its human history, from a Western perspective, is quite young, beginning with Magellan's sixteenth-century circumnavigation. It is a natural wonder whose most fascinating 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 end of the world. His journey encompasses a trip down the Alaska Highway, a stop at the isolated Pitcairn Islands, a trek across South Korea and a glimpse of its mysterious northern neighbor.Winchester's personal experience is vast and his storytelling second to none. And his historical understanding of the region is formidable, making Pacific a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty, myth, and imagination that is transforming our lives.
Publisher: [New York] : HarperAudio, [2015]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062420060
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (14 hr., 02 min., 28 sec.)) : digital
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Winchester is a world treasure. This (audio) book was utterly fascinating. I hung on every well-enunciated word by a master story teller. I was looking for something that would give context to a forthcoming trip to the South and Central Pacific. This did it for me!

Apr 06, 2017

Simply the best audiobook I ever heard! I am now going to listen to the authors other audio books. It turns out the Pacific Ocean has had a fascinating history!

Jun 19, 2016

IMO SW is a terrific historian, with unusual 'tid-bits' of info. I've read nearly all his books available to me, starting with the factual history of making the OED, a fascinating tale, which I'll read again. Pacific is packed with his usual - unusual - details. At first I have some difficulty with his accent of the 'posh', but get mesmerized by the details. His is straight forward, often cynical, can be satirical, possibly critical with reason. I've gained much from his books.

Jan 17, 2016

think of this as a story told by an eccentric uncle. quirky yet can be quite insightful.


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