Simon Winchester’s study of the history of the Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic, is an examination of the ocean’s creation and the evolution of civilization along its shores
The Phoenicians venturing beyond the Pillars of Hercules, The Norsemen, The Age of Exploration, the great naval battles on Atlantic waters, Codfish, Pirates, the Slave Trade, the Atlantic Cable, buried nuclear waste. Winchester examines in-depth the environmental concerns and of course envisions the great ocean’s geological destiny.
Atlantic is another respected scholarly work by Winchester but don’t expect the appearance of the characters you would find in a Michener novel.
Atlantic is full of little known facts including speculation that the first rudiments of a democratic form of government were probably devised by Norsemen in Iceland in the fifteenth century. You will learn that Canadian fisherman, after the Grand Banks had been placed under their protection by the Canadian Government, did more to devastate the native Atlantic Cod than had been previously done in all of history!
If you enjoy are a student of the Age of Exploration and the period of discovery of the New World, Atlantic fits very nicely into this body of knowledge.
Hi…I just heard about your website on Faith Middleton’s book show. Have you read Let the Great World Spin yet by Colum McCann?? It is full of unforgettable characters who interact throughout the book. He is a superb writer. Looking forward to checking into your blog frequently.
Thanks for your recommendation. I will put it on the list and share with our readers.