New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester offers an enthralling biography of the Pacific Ocean and its role in the modern world, exploring our relationship with this imposing force of nature. Its geological history has long transformed us but its human history, from a Western perspective, is quite young, beginning with Magellan’s sixteenth-century circumnavigation. Winchester's historical understanding of the region is formidable, making PACIFIC a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty, myth, and imagination that is transforming our lives.
How did America become “one nation, indivisible”? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? To answer these questions, Simon Winchester follows in the footsteps of America’s most essential explorers, thinkers and innovators. Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree.
In the late 1980s, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester set out on foot to discover the Republic of Korea --- from its southern tip to the North Korean border --- in order to set the record straight about this enigmatic and elusive land. Fascinating for its vivid presentation of historical and geographic detail, KOREA is that rare book that actually defines a nation and its people.