Title: Atlantic : Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Harper, New York, 2010, ISBN:9780061702587
Seller ID: 101778
WINCHESTER, Simon. Atlantic : Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories. (New York): Harper, (2010). First Printing. Pp. (10),[xi]-xiv,-495,(3). With a few illustrations in the text. 8vo [157 x 235 mm], navy blue paper covered spine with greyish-blue paper covered boards, gilt lettering to spine. With photo-illustrated end-papers. Simon Winchester, OBE (b. September 28, 1944, London, England) is a British-American author and journalist. "'Atlantic' is a biography of a tremendous space that has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists, and warriors, and continues profoundly to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. Poets and potentates, seers and sailors, fishermen andforesters -- all have had a relationship with this great body of gray and heaving sea and regarded her as friend or foe, bridge or barrier, dependingon circumstance and fortune. Winchester chronicles that relationship, maki ng the Atlantic come vividly alive. Spanning the ocean's story from its geological origins to the age of exploration, from World War II battles to today's struggles with pollution and overfishing, his narrative is epic, intimate, and awe inspiring. Until a thousand years ago, few humans ventured into the Atlantic or imagined traversing its seemingly limitless expanse. But once the first daring mariners successfully navigated to its far shores -- whether they were Vikings, the Irish, the Basques, John Cabot, or Christopher Columbus in the north, or the Portuguese and the Spanish in the south --humankind's view of the world swfitly evolved to encompass this vast body of water, bounded by the Americas to the west and by Europe and Africa to the east. Much as the Mediterranean had been the center of classical civilization, Winchester argues, the Atlantic became the axis of Western civilization, upon which the power and influence of the moern world have been defined and determined." - from the dustjacket. Preface: The Leaving of LiverpoolPrologue: The Beginnings of Its Going On. Chapters : 1. From the Purple Is lands to Mogador; 2. All the Shoals and Deeps Within; 3. Oh! The Beauty andthe Might of It; 4. Here the Sea of Pity Lies; 5. They That Occupy Their B usiness on Great Waters; 6. Change and Decay All Around the Sea; 7. The Storm Surge Carries All Before. Epilogue : Falls the Shadow, Fades the Sea. With glossary, bibliography, and index. Small bump to bottom edge of front board, else very good in unclipped dustjacket. 20.00