Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators and Fading Empires

Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators and Fading Empires

by Simon Winchester


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062315427
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 260,668
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Men Who United the States, The Map That Changed the World, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa, all of which were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006, Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He resides in western Massachusetts.


New York; Massachusetts; Scotland

Date of Birth:

September 28, 1944

Place of Birth:

London, England


M.A., St. Catherine¿s College, Oxford, 1966

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations xiii

Prologue: The Lonely Sea and the Sky 1

Author's Note: On Carbon 30

Chapter 1 The Great Thermonuclear Sea 39

Chapter 2 Mr. Ibuka's Radio Revolution 83

Chapter 3 The Ecstasies or Wave Riding 121

Chapter 4 A Dire and Dangerous Irritation 151

Chapter 5 Farewell, All My Friends and Foes 189

Chapter 6 Echoes of Distant Thunder 231

Chapter 7 How Goes the Lucky Country? 267

Chapter 8 The Fires in the Deep 305

Chapter 9 A Fragile and Uncertain Sea 339

Chapter 10 Of Masters and Commanders 377

Epilogue: The Call of the Running Tide 427

Acknowledgments 445

Note on Sources 451

Bibliography 457

Index 465

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Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowe 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
This is basically a collection of 12 (if you include the introduction and the epilogue) non-fiction short stories about 20th/21st century Pacific. Pacific is used broadly to describe the WHOLE pacific ocean. Although most of the stories are about the western side of the pacific (or the east), there are a few eastern pacific stories in there as well. My favorite part of this book? The introduction. Just so powerful. But really, everything except Chapter 2 was really up there. Chapter 2 was just boring to me. Parts of other chapters also dragged a bit and that is the only thing that kept this from being a five star recommendation, but if Chapter 2 was out and if 1 or 2 of the chapters were a little bit shorter, then for sure I would have given this 5 stars! Learned so much, and after all, isn't that the point of reading non-fiction?
foultips More than 1 year ago
Another masterpiece by one of the great writers of our time. Well written, well researched, well conducted, well everything. Winchester writes some of the best contemporary non-fiction. I hope he will live a long time so I can continue enjoying his work.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing version for Nook. The map is unreadable when enlarged. No page numbers show. Haven't read the book yet.