Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators and Fading Empires

by Winchester, Simon (Author)

ISBN: 9780062315427

Winchester recounts the atomic tests on the atoll of Bikini. He takes us to the launch of Gidget and her surfboards that would forever change how the world s youth views a rising wave. He also tells the story of the little transistor radio and how it sparked the digital revolution, from Japan to Silicon Valley, altering the ocean s destiny. Winchester includes tales of alarming discoveries on the Great Barrier Reef and grand expeditions to mysterious vents on the ocean s floor. He examines the geopolitical shifts that shaped the ocean s vast land areas, from the rise of North Korea s rogue state to the environmental degradation and climate shifts that now threaten this majestic body of water. Pacific calls upon Winchester s many journeys throughout the Pacific and its surrounding areas, his formidable historical understanding, and his singular talent for storytelling in a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty and myth.

Format: Paperback, 512 pages

Publisher: Harper Perennial, October 2016

Product Dimensions: 7.9 L × 5.3 W × 1.3 H

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