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Atlantic : Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

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"Variably genial, cautionary, lyrical, admonitory, terrifying, horrifying and inspiring...A lifetime of thought, travel, reading, imagination and memory inform this affecting account." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Blending history and anecdote, geography and reminiscence, science and exposition, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester tells the breathtaking saga of the Atlantic Ocean. A gifted storyteller and consummate historian, Winchester sets the great blue sea's epic narrative against the backdrop of mankind's intellectual evolution, telling not only the story of an ocean, but the story of civilization. Fans of Winchester's Krakatoa, The Man Who Loved China, and The Professor and the Madman will love this masterful, penetrating, and resonant tale of humanity finding its way across the ocean of history.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 495 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Maps; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061702625
  • 9780061702624
  • 228,164

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Atlantic is a biography of a tremendous space that has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists, and warriors, and continues profoundly to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. Simon Winchester makes the Atlantic come vividly alive. Spanning the ocean's story from its geological origins to the age of exploration--covering the Vikings, the Irish, the Basques, John Cabot, and Christopher Columbus in the north, and the Portuguese and the Spanish in the south--and from World War II battles to today's struggles with pollution and overfishing, his narrative is epic, intimate, and awe inspiring. More than a mere history, this is an unforgettable journey of unprecedented scope by one of the most gifted writers in the English language.
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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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"Winchester brings a knowledge as vast and deep as his subject to this history of the Atlantic Ocean."--Entertainment Weekly
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3,331 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
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4 39% (1,305)
3 29% (954)
2 9% (304)
1 2% (67)
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