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

Large Print - 2015
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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
Publisher: New York :, HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2015]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition, Large print edition
ISBN: 9780062421630
Branch Call Number: LP 909.09823 WIN
Characteristics: xv, 693 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm


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Nov 14, 2016

This comes from a huge fan of Winchester's other work, but Pacific was a bit of a disappointment. He seems to have bitten off more than he can comfortably chew. His formal solution is to tell ten shorter stories as emblems of larger issues in the history of this enormous region, but the choice does not play as well to his narrative strengths. Some chapters are completely skippable, and others leave the reader wanting a little more detail.

ArapahoeAnna Nov 06, 2016

Each chapter is a separate story of the Pacific, history, civilization, science, geography, and travel. You are sure to learn some new things about the Pacific Ocean, earth, climate, and humanity. The pictures are very interesting be sure to look at them if you listen to audio book which is well narrated by the author.

Sep 30, 2016

Mellifluous writing details a broad topic in the Pacific. Various historical stories revolving around the Pacific are told in this book with a look to the future potential conflict between China and the US. Well worth reading.

Aug 08, 2016

Pacific. --- by. --- Simon Winchester.
Winchesters books are patiently awaited and then keenly devoured. With his wide ranging interests and fields of attention he has written a collection of greatly varied books ranging from his interesting tome of the birth of Oxford English Dictionary to his more Geographic efforts such as "Atlantic" and now, the even more ambitious "Pacific".
This time Winchester has chosen as object of interest what is arguably the largest feature on the planet Earth, the Pacific Ocean. And audacious the topic may be, Winchester is, non the less, able to pull off this self-imposed task with his usual style and competence
Winchester's style is brisk and easily read, although there were a couple of occasions where I had to seek refuge in the OED (irony) in order to decipher the meaning. But then, that's how vocabulary is expanded.
This humble, grateful reader says to Mr Winchester: bravo! A job well done. We expected no less from you.

Nov 16, 2015

long excerpt in salon

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