A man with innumerable talents, including that of consummate storyteller, Simon Winchester takes on a massive subject: the Atlantic Ocean, a body of water so alive that it deserves a biography of its own, he says. Winchester graduated from Oxford University with a degree in geology, a field that has infused much of his writing. In ATLANTIC (HarperCollins, $27.99) he recounts the tectonic gymnastics that have allowed the ocean a lifetime so far of 200 million years—with only 170 million left to go. In this beguiling mix of hard science and personal discoveries, Winchester relates some of his own awesome Atlantic adventures, a few so high-risk that even he wouldn’t do them again, including one that led to his shooting and eating a polar bear to avoid starvation.
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories - Simon Winchester
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 1st, 2011