Pacific Rising: The Emergence of a new World Culture

Pacific Rising: The Emergence of a new World Culture

by Simon Winchester

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the author's view the primacy of the Atlantic is a thing of the past. Los Angeles is about to replace New York as the world's busiest port. The yenwill, in all probability, be the global currency of tomorrow. (Winchester tellingly compares America's credit-card economy with the cash-and-savings ethic of the Japanese.) A correspondent for the London Sunday Times , Winchester takes a searching look at the complicated mosaic of peoples, religions, philosophies and histories of some of the countries in and around the world's largest ocean, and at the ocean itself. In a sprightly style he describes its geology and weather, the laying of the first transpacific cable, the pioneering of air routes, the dispersion of the Chinese and their worldwide influence, and many other subjects of general interest. There is also discussion of whether countries with Confucian-Buddhist roots are more effective in coping with industrial/technological challenges than are countries with Christian-Hebraic roots. The book includes friendly observations about people and places as far-flung as the Aleutians and Queensland. Delightful and informative. First serial to the Atlantic and Smithsonian. (Apr.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Winchester, author of Korea ( LJ 4/1/88) and The Sun Never Sets ( LJ 5/1/86), combines the best of travel writing, human-interest journalism, and history to produce a compelling account of the nations bordering the Pacific. His thesis, that these disparate peoples somehow constitute a distinct analytical subject, is hard to accept: Seattle, Sakhalin, Santiago, and Singapore truly do not have much in common. But that matters little. This is a collection of brilliant mini-essays on a score of topics: the geology of the Pacific, its early explorers, Chinese emigrants in North and South America, the Peruvian coolie trade, and the Tokyo yuppie lifestyle. Although the book may not hang together as well as Winchester would like, it is enriched by his keen eye for fascinating anecdotes and details. Highly recommended for general readers and undergraduates.-- John H. Boyle, California State Univ., Chico

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