Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

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by Simon Winchester
     
 

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ISBN-13:
9780007341375
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2010

Meet the Author

Simon Winchester's many books include The Professor and the Madman, The Map That Changed the World, Krakatoa, and A Crack in the Edge of the World. Each of these has been a New York Times bestseller and has appeared on numerous best and notable lists. Mr. Winchester was made Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by HM The Queen in 2006. He lives in western Massachusetts.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York; Massachusetts; Scotland
Date of Birth:
September 28, 1944
Place of Birth:
London, England
Education:
M.A., St. Catherine¿s College, Oxford, 1966
Website:
http://www.simonwinchester.com

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Atlantic 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a solid read for anyone interested in a broad history/geography of the Atlantic Ocean. Anyone fascinated by isolated islands, plate tectonics, and transportation will enjoy this book.
Hawkeye1939 More than 1 year ago
A lot of good information, but the presentation lacked. The author had a penchant for run-on sentences replete with commas, dashes, colons, semicolons, etc. that was very distracting. I found myself reading some sentences two or three times before getting the meaning out of them. Also, there were far too many grammatical lapses and factual inaccuracies for a finished publication. I don't know whether this is the fault of the author or the publisher, but such should not happen. Hire some proofreaders! Further distracting was the author's use of obscure English words, when simpler wording would have made the text more readable. If he was showing off his command of the English language, he overdid it. At least in my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full disclosure - I did not finish the book, I didn't even make it very far. I got too hung up on poor scholarship presented as incontrovertible fact and lost faith that what I was reading was a history of the Atlantic as opposed to a yarn that may be interesting to fans of florid prose but wouldn't let facts get in the way of a good story. The realization (over multiple examples in the first few tens of pages) that I just couldn't trust what was in here ruined it for me.
RightTer More than 1 year ago
Extremely informative and well written. I'm pretty well read, but Winchester used a ton of words i had never seen before. I used my Nook dictionary overtime.
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This is probably an interesting, perhaps fascinating, book. It is probably unfair that I write that it depresses me when I'm told twice within the first several pages that humanity is doomed and will become extinct. I don't want to read it. I'd like to think humanity will figure a way out. So, sorry, I was looking for history of the Atlantic Ocean, not this author's gloom and doom.
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foultips More than 1 year ago
I love Simon Winchester's books. He's one of those few authors that you read anything they write just because it's written by them. I also happen to like the way he reads his audiobooks, so if I find him in audio I have no issue having him tell me what he has to say. "Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories". Wouldn't you pick a book with that massive title when it is written by one of your favorite authors? I sure did! Winchester is a geologist and he tells his story about the Atlantic Ocean from every possible perspective. He narrates it since the formation of this body of water, when it became a creek between Africa and South America some 220 million years ago, passing through its current growth of six inches a year and ending with how it will cease to exist some 180 million years from now. In between you learn about exploration, commerce, discovery, maritime biology, fishing, international law, weather, warfare, geology, boating construction, air travel, personal accomplishments and basically anything that could possibly happen where this magnificent body of water can be a part of. Historically we learn so many things about this pond containing 25% of all the water in the planet. For example, I had no idea that the Atlantic Ocean was "discovered" in the XV Century. Not because nobody had ever seen it but because nobody until then had an idea of what kind of body of water it was. The structure of the book, though, is a little bit weird for my taste. The chapters are divided in parts 1-9 and it became difficult to follow it at times and there are so many topics that you may feel a little bit lost every now and then. Also, there fact there are so many topics inevitably makes some of them boring, but it assures that every reader will find something for them when they decide to take on this incredible research accomplishment. Regardless, this is as good Winchester writing, as good Winchester writing gets. If you are a fan you will read it an enjoy it. If you are not a fan, you will still come out of this as a more knowledgeable person than when you started. That alone makes it totally worthy read. You can check more at my blog, LectumErgoSum dot com.
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