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Simon Winchester
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
 
 
Author
Simon Winchester.
Publisher Harper Perennial  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780061702624
Pages/Publication Date 495/2011
Daedalus Item Code 19388
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In this sweeping "biography" of the world's youngest ocean, from the author of Krakatoa and The Man Who Loved China, the Atlantic is portrayed as not only a geological and oceanographic wonder, but also as the catalyst for the rise of Western civilization. Simon Winchester's narrative spans the Atlantic's history from its first salty surges 195 million years ago to its resolution into the ocean we recognize today, a scant 10 million years ago. He gives us the first ocean-going travelers, the age of explorers (the Vikings, the Irish, the Basques, John Cabot, and Christopher Columbus in the north, and the Portuguese and the Spanish in the south), the battles of World War II, and today's struggles with pollution and overfishing.

"History is rarely as charming and entertaining as when it's told by Simon Winchester. There are fabulous set pieces in Atlantic—on piracy, on packet ships, on transatlantic cables and the speeding up of information, on codfish, on sea bass, on plankton."—NYTBR

 
 
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