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Atlantic : the biography of an ocean / Simon Winchester
551.4613 W759A
New York, NY : William Morrow, c2010.
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xiv, 495 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Preface: The leaving of Liverpool -- Prologue: The beginnings of its goings on -- From the purple isles of Mogador -- All the shoals and deeps within -- Oh! the beauty and the might of it -- Here the sea of pity lies -- They that occupy their business on great waters -- Change and decay all around the sea -- The storm surge carries all before -- Epilogue: Falls the shadow, fades the sea.
Blending history and anecdote, geography and reminiscence, science and exposition, the author of Krakatoa tells the breathtaking saga of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean, setting it against the backdrop of mankind's intellectual evolution. Until a thousand years ago, no humans ventured into the Atlantic or imagined traversing its vast infinity. But once the first daring mariners successfully navigated to far shores, whether it was the Vikings, the Irish, the Chinese, Christopher Columbus in the north, or the Portuguese and the Spanish in the south, the Atlantic evolved in the world's growing consciousness of itself as an enclosed body of water bounded by the Americas to the West, and by Europe and Africa to the East. Atlantic is a biography of this immense space, of a sea which has defined and determined so much about the lives of the millions who live beside or near its tens of thousands of miles of coast. The Atlantic has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists and warriors, and it continues to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. Poets to potentates, seers to sailors, fishermen to foresters, all have a relationship with this great body of blue-green sea and regard her as friend or foe, adversary or ally, depending on circumstance or fortune. The author chronicles that relationship, making the Atlantic come vividly alive. Spanning from the earth's geological origins to the age of exploration, World War II battles to modern pollution, his narrative is epic and awe-inspiring.
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