Pacific -Monday, December 14, 2015
Picture the Pacific Ocean. It is the largest body of water on Earth, containing more than 10,000 miles of uninterrupted sea and so big it could harbor all seven continents with room for more. How could one author capture the history of such a massive geographical feature in a single book? Prolific historian Simon Winchester admits that he cannot. Instead, he takes a page from Stefan Zweig whose works capture the seminal moments of his subjects in ten essays. Winchester applies this same approach to Pacific, a book whose subtitle (Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers) is as ambitious as the work itself.