Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

3.66 avg rating
( 2,935 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780007341399: Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

The definitive biography of the world's most important body of water – the Atlantic.

One hundred and ninety million years ago, the shifting of two of the world's tectonic plates led to the creation of an immense chasm. This giant gash in the flanks of the planet slowly opened up and eventually evolved into the most important and most travelled ocean in our world.

In this utterly original biography, Simon Winchester explores the life of the Atlantic; it's birth, its relationship with mankind, and what lies in store for it once man has left the stage. He charts the development of the first settlements by the Oceanside – the communities of Celts and Vikings and whose lives depended on the sea – and delves into the age of exploration, venturing to forgotten worlds. The building of some of the world's most beautiful port cities – London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Casablanca – is also examined, along with the creation of settlements and colonies in and around the sea.

Completely unique and highly readable, Atlantic takes its reader on a wonderful journey through time, along the waves of our planet's most significant ocean.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

'Winchester unfolds this epic narrative with admirable simplicity: his prose style is conversational, and crackles with strange images. He marries even-handed scholarship with a gift for storytelling, neither dumbing down nor assuming any specific knowledge in his readership. This is from start to finish an enthralling book, and one that does justice to the magnitude of its subject' Edmund Gordon, Sunday Times

'Illuminating…a] wonderful, encyclopaedic book, pinpointing key moments in the narrative of an entire ocean and our relationship to it' Philip Hoare, Sunday Telegraph

‘[A] fabulous book’ Scotsman

‘An engaging account’ Mail on Sunday

‘[Winchester] is maddeningly gifted … a rollicking ride’ Washington Post

‘Enjoyable and richly informative’ Telegraph

From the Back Cover:

The definitive biography of the world's most important body of water – the Atlantic.

Born 190 million years ago, the Atlantic Ocean was viewed by ancient mariners with a mixture of awe, terror and amazement. Today, we cross ‘the pond’ with little thought, this vast sea perceived by most as no more than a passageway between the Earth’s continents.

In this dazzling biography Simon Winchester brings the Atlantic back to life, charting the ocean’s existence up until its eventual extinction, millions of years in the future. As he travels around its edges and across its expanse, he reveals its most captivating stories – the age of exploration; the colonization of the Americas; the rise and fall of the slave trade; and history’s great naval battles – resulting in an irresistible blend of gripping history, fascinating science and exhilarating reportage.

'Illuminating… [A] wonderful, encyclopedic book, pinpointing key moments in the narrative of an entire ocean and our relationship to it. From start to finish an enthralling book’ Sunday Times

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Simon Winchester
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom (2011)
ISBN 10: 0007341393 ISBN 13: 9780007341399
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 197 x 130 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. The definitive biography of the world s most important body of water -- the Atlantic. One hundred and ninety million years ago, the shifting of two of the world s tectonic plates led to the creation of an immense chasm. This giant gash in the flanks of the planet slowly opened up and eventually evolved into the most important and most travelled ocean in our world. In this utterly original biography, Simon Winchester explores the life of the Atlantic; it s birth, its relationship with mankind, and what lies in store for it once man has left the stage. He charts the development of the first settlements by the Oceanside -- the communities of Celts and Vikings and whose lives depended on the sea -- and delves into the age of exploration, venturing to forgotten worlds. The building of some of the world s most beautiful port cities -- London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Casablanca -- is also examined, along with the creation of settlements and colonies in and around the sea. Completely unique and highly readable, Atlantic takes its reader on a wonderful journey through time, along the waves of our planet s most significant ocean. Bookseller Inventory # AA89780007341399

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.07
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Simon Winchester
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom (2011)
ISBN 10: 0007341393 ISBN 13: 9780007341399
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 197 x 130 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. The definitive biography of the world s most important body of water -- the Atlantic. One hundred and ninety million years ago, the shifting of two of the world s tectonic plates led to the creation of an immense chasm. This giant gash in the flanks of the planet slowly opened up and eventually evolved into the most important and most travelled ocean in our world. In this utterly original biography, Simon Winchester explores the life of the Atlantic; it s birth, its relationship with mankind, and what lies in store for it once man has left the stage. He charts the development of the first settlements by the Oceanside -- the communities of Celts and Vikings and whose lives depended on the sea -- and delves into the age of exploration, venturing to forgotten worlds. The building of some of the world s most beautiful port cities -- London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Casablanca -- is also examined, along with the creation of settlements and colonies in and around the sea. Completely unique and highly readable, Atlantic takes its reader on a wonderful journey through time, along the waves of our planet s most significant ocean. Bookseller Inventory # AA89780007341399

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.57
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Winchester, Simon
ISBN 10: 0007341393 ISBN 13: 9780007341399
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800073413990000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.58
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Simon Winchester
Published by HarperPress (2011)
ISBN 10: 0007341393 ISBN 13: 9780007341399
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller
The Monster Bookshop
(Fleckney, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperPress, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. BRAND NEW ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000183405

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.39
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 0.95
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Simon Winchester
ISBN 10: 0007341393 ISBN 13: 9780007341399
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 197mm x 130mm x. Paperback. The definitive biography of the world's most important body of water -- the Atlantic. One hundred and ninety million years ago, the shifting of two of the world's tectonic plates led to t.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 400 pages. 0.356. Bookseller Inventory # 9780007341399

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.55
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Simon Winchester
ISBN 10: 0007341393 ISBN 13: 9780007341399
New Paperback Quantity Available: 4
Seller
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Not Signed; The definitive biography of the world's most important body of water -- the Atlantic. One hundred and ninety million years ago, the shifting of two of the world's tectonic plates led to the creation of an immense chasm. This giant gash in the flanks of the planet slowly opened up and eventually evo. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780007341399_rkm

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.79
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.34
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Winchester, Simon
Published by HarperPress
ISBN 10: 0007341393 ISBN 13: 9780007341399
New Softcover Quantity Available: 4
Seller
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperPress. Book Condition: New. 2011. Paperback. The definitive biography of the world's most important body of water -- the Atlantic. Num Pages: 400 pages, Illustrations, maps. BIC Classification: 1QSA; HBG; RBKC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 197 x 130 x 34. Weight in Grams: 370. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780007341399

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11.66
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Simon Winchester
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0007341393 ISBN 13: 9780007341399
New Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, Simon Winchester, The definitive biography of the world's most important body of water -- the Atlantic. One hundred and ninety million years ago, the shifting of two of the world's tectonic plates led to the creation of an immense chasm. This giant gash in the flanks of the planet slowly opened up and eventually evolved into the most important and most travelled ocean in our world. In this utterly original biography, Simon Winchester explores the life of the Atlantic; it's birth, its relationship with mankind, and what lies in store for it once man has left the stage. He charts the development of the first settlements by the Oceanside -- the communities of Celts and Vikings and whose lives depended on the sea -- and delves into the age of exploration, venturing to forgotten worlds. The building of some of the world's most beautiful port cities -- London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Casablanca -- is also examined, along with the creation of settlements and colonies in and around the sea. Completely unique and highly readable, Atlantic takes its reader on a wonderful journey through time, along the waves of our planet's most significant ocean. Bookseller Inventory # B9780007341399

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
5.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5.94
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Winchester, Simon
Published by HarperPress (2011)
ISBN 10: 0007341393 ISBN 13: 9780007341399
New Softcover Quantity Available: 4
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperPress, 2011. Book Condition: New. 2011. Paperback. The definitive biography of the world's most important body of water -- the Atlantic. Num Pages: 400 pages, Illustrations, maps. BIC Classification: 1QSA; HBG; RBKC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 197 x 130 x 34. Weight in Grams: 370. . . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780007341399

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11.77
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Simon Winchester
Published by HarperCollins Publishers 2011-07-07, London (2011)
ISBN 10: 0007341393 ISBN 13: 9780007341399
New paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers 2011-07-07, London, 2011. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780007341399

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.50
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book