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

Paperback | November 1, 2011

bySimon Winchester

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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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"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...

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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—co...

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, includingThe Professor and the Madman,Atlantic,The Man Who Loved China,A Crack in the Edge of the World, andKrakatoa. In 2006, Mr. Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He lives in western Massachusetts.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.84 inPublished:November 1, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A comprehensive story of many aspects of the Atlantic ocean. Informative, amusing and readable, a fascinating picture, historically and to date, delving into curious and breathtaking accounts of the ocean's often central place in the lives of the people living on the adjoining lands today and in the past
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-So Simon! A long love letter about his love and concern for the Atlantic Ocean from a strictly Anglo-American point of view. There were major flaws in his research citing Basque fisherman coming from the Galician coast, his ignorance of Portugal’s role in the discovery and settlement of the Atlantic world, his failure to gauge what South Americans and Africans perceived the Atlantic. It felt that he stretched a magazine article into a book. Not his best stuff but passable while vacationing somewhere in the Atlantic.
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“Winchester brings a knowledge as vast and deep as his subject to this history of the Atlantic Ocean.”