Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories Hardcover – Nov 2 2010
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“Winchester brings a knowledge as vast and deep as his subject to this history of the Atlantic Ocean.” (Entertainment Weekly)
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Blending history and anecdote, geography and reminiscence, science and exposition, the New York Times bestselling author of Krakatoa tells the breathtaking saga of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean, setting it against the backdrop of mankind's intellectual evolution
Until a thousand years ago, no humans ventured into the Atlantic or imagined traversing its vast infinity. But once the first daring mariners successfully navigated to far shores—whether it was the Vikings, the Irish, the Chinese, Christopher Columbus in the north, or the Portuguese and the Spanish in the south—the Atlantic evolved in the world's growing consciousness of itself as an enclosed body of water bounded by the Americas to the West, and by Europe and Africa to the East. Atlantic is a biography of this immense space, of a sea which has defined and determined so much about the lives of the millions who live beside or near its tens of thousands of miles of coast.
The Atlantic has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists and warriors, and it continues to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. Poets to potentates, seers to sailors, fishermen to foresters—all have a relationship with this great body of blue-green sea and regard her as friend or foe, adversary or ally, depending on circumstance or fortune. Simon Winchester chronicles that relationship, making the Atlantic come vividly alive. Spanning from the earth's geological origins to the age of exploration, World War II battles to modern pollution, his narrative is epic and awe-inspiring.See all Product Description
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There's the story of European and North American commerce, military conquests, undersea communications, and more here, all written in Winchester's readable style. The latter part of the book looks at the life within the Atlantic: the exploration of the depths and the exploitation of the ocean itself by man. There's mention of the effects of global warming and pollution, and the way we all depend on the Atlantic for our water and more. There's some lovely facts here that I didn't know before, covering all manner of subjects and interest areas.
More than anything, this is an account of an ocean and the humans who interact with it over a long period of time. Atlantic has been called a love-letter to the ocean, but I think it's more of an exploration of a natural phenomenon that has shaped our lives from our earliest ancestors, following through the various civilizations that have used the ocean for various means. It's informative, certainly, but you'd expect that from Winchester. It's well written, but again you'd expect that. And it's going to raise your knowledge level and your curiosity, and that certainly is what I expect from Winchester. I really enjoyed reading Atlantic and it's strongly recommended for many different reasons.
It is rich, absorbing, and full of incredible knowledge.
I have since bought the book: the Kindle couldn't display the maps well, and I want to keep this for my "real book" library.
Second, Winchester's ocean really is "a vast ocean of a million stories," and most of them are fascinating. While I enjoyed the historical chapters, more than the geological ones, Winchester has put together a book that covers nearly every aspect of interest. I was amazed to see that so much of our modern world today has grown and developed in and around the Atlantic Ocean. I did not know, for example, the "hidden story" of the eventual creation of the State of Israel. The Royal Navy's need for acetone led Chaim Weizmann, who had developed a special technique to create the substance, to come into favour with such figures as the future Prime Minister David Lloyd George and his foreign secretary Arthur Balfour. The rest of course is history and we all know how important the Balfour Declaration was in Israel's eventual independence. But "Atlantic" is filled with such stories.
Third, Winchester is just a great writer and knowledgeable on a wide variety of subjects. I was endlessly amazed at all the things he's done and the places he's been.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Winchester has a easy to read conversational style that is a pleasure to read as he teaches the complex history of this immense body of water. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jonathon Clarke
This remarkable book traces the history of the Atlantic Ocean since it`s inception some190 million years ago,(Creationists beware) to the present day effect upon it of global... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robert P. Brown
Like Krakatoa where I found it hard to identify with the main character - a volcano - in this book I struggled to maintain my interest in the Atlantic... Read morePublished 17 months ago by S LeBoutillier
This book is typical Winchester. Well researched, thorough , thought provoking with great accuracy in describing land fixtures. Read morePublished on Dec 12 2011 by John G Culliton