Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree. Simon winchester, the acclaimed new york times bestselling author of Atlantic and The Professor and the Madman, delivers his first book about America: a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.
The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible #ad - S. A. From its beginnings. How did america become “one nation, winchester follows in the footsteps of america’s most essential explorers, and innovators, indivisible”? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? To answer these questions, thinkers, such as Lewis and Clark and the leaders of the Great Surveys; the builders of the first transcontinental telegraph and the powerful civil engineer behind the Interstate Highway System.
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million StoriesHarperCollins e-books #ad - Variably genial, cautionary, horrifying and inspiring…A lifetime of thought, terrifying, lyrical, admonitory, reading, travel, imagination and memory inform this affecting account. Kirkus reviews starred reviewblending history and anecdote, geography and reminiscence, science and exposition, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester tells the breathtaking saga of the Atlantic Ocean.
. A gifted storyteller and consummate historian, Winchester sets the great blue sea's epic narrative against the backdrop of mankind's intellectual evolution, telling not only the story of an ocean, but the story of civilization. Fans of winchester's krakatoa, the man who loved China, penetrating, and The Professor and the Madman will love this masterful, and resonant tale of humanity finding its way across the ocean of history.
The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern GeologyHarperCollins e-books #ad - He found that by tracing the placement of fossils, clear across the world—making it possible, one could follow layers of rocks as they dipped and rose and fell—clear across England and, for the first time ever, which he uncovered in his excavations, indeed, to draw a chart of the hidden underside of the earth.
. In 1793, a canal digger named William Smith made a startling discovery. The map that changed the world is a very human tale of endurance and achievement, of one man's dedication in the face of ruin. But instead of receiving accolades and honors, he ended up in debtors' prison, the victim of plagiarism, and virtually homeless for ten years more.
The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology #ad - Smith spent twenty-two years piecing together the fragments of this unseen universe to create an epochal and remarkably beautiful hand-painted map. With a keen eye and thoughtful detail, Simon Winchester unfolds the poignant sacrifice behind this world-changing discovery.
Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's SuperpowersHarper #ad - He observes the fall of a dictator in Manila, and is jailed in Tierra del Fuego, visits aboriginals in northern Queensland, the land at the end of the world. His journey encompasses a trip down the Alaska Highway, a stop at the isolated Pitcairn Islands, a trek across South Korea and a glimpse of its mysterious northern neighbor.
Winchester’s personal experience is vast and his storytelling second to none. With china on the rise, are the american cities of the West coast, San Francisco, including Seattle, so, too, and the long cluster of towns down the Silicon Valley. Today, the Pacific is ascendant. And his historical understanding of the region is formidable, myth, making Pacific a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty, and imagination that is transforming our lives.
Its geological history has long transformed us—tremendous earthquakes, is quite young, volcanoes, from a Western perspective, and tsunamis—but its human history, beginning with Magellan’s sixteenth-century circumnavigation. One of library journal’s 10 best books of 2015following his acclaimed atlantic and The Men Who United the States, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester offers an enthralling biography of the Pacific Ocean and its role in the modern world, exploring our relationship with this imposing force of nature.
Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers #ad - As the mediterranean shaped the classical world, and the Atlantic connected Europe to the New World, the Pacific Ocean defines our tomorrow. It is a natural wonder whose most fascinating history is currently being made. In telling the story of the pacific, the yangtze river to the Panama Canal, Simon Winchester takes us from the Bering Strait to Cape Horn, and to the many small islands and archipelagos that lie in between.
The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern WorldHarper #ad - Eventually, lenses, including gene splicing, and cameras—and eventually gave way to further breakthroughs, microchips, the application of precision tools and methods resulted in the creation and mass production of items from guns and glass to mirrors, and the Hadron Collider. Simon winchester takes us back to origins of the industrial Age, to England where he introduces the scientific minds that helped usher in modern production: John Wilkinson, Jesse Ramsden, Joseph Bramah, Henry Maudslay, and Joseph Whitworth.
The revered new york times bestselling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement—precision—in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future. The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision.
Winchester moves forward through time, to today’s cutting-edge developments occurring around the world, from America to Western Europe to Asia. As he introduces the minds and methods that have changed the modern world, Winchester explores fundamental questions. At the dawn of the industrial revolution in eighteenth-century England, standards of measurement were established, giving way to the development of machine tools—machines that make machines.
The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World #ad - Why is precision important? what are the different tools we use to measure it? who has invented and perfected it? Has the pursuit of the ultra-precise in so many facets of human life blinded us to other things of equal value, art, such as an appreciation for the age-old traditions of craftsmanship, and high culture? Are we missing something that reflects the world as it is, rather than the world as we think we would wish it to be? And can the precise and the natural co-exist in society? .
It was thomas jefferson who later exported their discoveries to the fledgling United States, setting the nation on its course to become a manufacturing titan.
The Day the Bubble Burst: A Social History of the Wall Street Crash of 1929Open Road Media #ad - Captures the era, the intoxicating expectancy, the hope that ruled men’s heart and minds before the bubble burst and the black despair of the decade that followed. A riveting living history about Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929. . The new york times bestseller that tells the story of an overheated stock market and the financial disaster that led to the Great Depression of the 1930s.
The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom P.S.HarperCollins e-books #ad - In 1937, he instantly fell in love with a visiting Chinese student, while working as a biochemist at Cambridge University, with whom he began a lifelong affair. He soon became fascinated with china, and his mistress swiftly persuaded the ever-enthusiastic Needham to travel to her home country, where he embarked on a series of extraordinary expeditions to the farthest frontiers of this ancient empire.
In sumptuous and illuminating detail, the brilliant cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, Simon Winchester, the bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman "Elegant and scrupulous"—New York Times Book Review and Krakatoa "A mesmerizing page-turner"—Time brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, long the world's most technologically advanced country.
No cloistered don, this tall, married Englishman was a freethinking intellectual, who practiced nudism and was devoted to a quirky brand of folk dancing. By the time he died, he had produced, seventeen immense volumes, essentially single-handedly, marking him as the greatest one-man encyclopedist ever.
The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom P.S. #ad - Both epic and intimate, the man Who Loved China tells the sweeping story of China through Needham's remarkable life. He searched everywhere for evidence to bolster his conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of mankind's most familiar innovations—including printing, the compass, suspension bridges, explosives, even toilet paper—often centuries before the rest of the world.
Here is an unforgettable tale of what makes men, and, indeed, nations, mankind itself great—related by one of the world's inimitable storytellers. His thrilling and dangerous journeys, took him across war-torn China to far-flung outposts, vividly recreated by Winchester, consolidating his deep admiration for the Chinese people.
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906Harper Perennial #ad - Lasting little more than a minute, toppled a total of 25, the earthquake wrecked 490 blocks, broke open gas mains, 000 buildings, cut off electric power lines throughout the Bay area, and effectively destroyed the gold rush capital that had stood there for a half century. Perhaps more significant than the tremors and rumbling, which affected a swatch of California more than 200 miles long, were the fires that took over the city for three days, leaving chaos and horror in its wake.
. It was perhaps the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States. Simon winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities -- as well as his unique understanding of geology -- to this extraordinary event, exploring not only what happened in northern California in 1906 but what we have learned since about the geological underpinnings that caused the earthquake in the first place.
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 #ad - But his achievement is even greater: he positions the quake's significance along the earth's geological timeline and shows the effect it had on the rest of twentieth-century California and American history. A crack in the edge of the World is the definitive account of the San Francisco earthquake. Simon winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force.
In the early morning hours of april 18, san francisco and a string of towns to its north-northwest and the south-southeast were overcome by an enormous shaking that was compounded by the violent shocks of an earthquake, 1906, registering 8.25 on the Richter scale. The international bestselling author of the professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion.
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883Harper Perennial #ad - The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France. Bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. The sound of the island's destruction was heard in Australia and India and on islands thousands of miles away. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event that has only very recently been properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined.
Dust swirled round die planet for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid with lurid and unsettling displays of light. Most significant of all -- in view of today's new political climate -- the eruption helped to trigger in Java a wave of murderous anti-Western militancy among fundamentalist Muslims: one of the first outbreaks of Islamic-inspired killings anywhere.
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 #ad - Simon winchester's long experience in the world wandering as well as his knowledge of history and geology give us an entirely new perspective on this fascinating and iconic event as he brings it telling back to life. Barometers in Bogotá and Washington, D. C. Went haywire. The bestselling author of the professor and the madman and The Map That Changed the World examines the enduring and world-changing effects of the catastrophic eruption off the coast of Java of the earth's most dangerous volcano -- Krakatoa.
The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa -- the name has since become a byword for a cataclysmic disaster -- was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people.
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English DictionaryHarperCollins e-books #ad - But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him. A new york times notable book • now a major motion picturethe professor and the Madman is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—and literary history.
The making of the OED was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. Minor, an american civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane. Masterfully researched and eloquently written, The Professor and the Madman “is the linguistic detective story of the decade. William safire, New York Times MagazineThis P.
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary #ad - S. C. For Dr. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. Edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, recommended reading, including author interviews, and more. W. As definitions were collected, was stunned to discover that one man, led by Professor James Murray, the overseeing committee, Dr.
The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese TimeHenry Holt and Co. #ad - The river at the center of the World is travel writing at its best: lively, informative, and thoroughly enchanting. A stunning tour of China, its people, and its history. Rising in the mountains of the tibetan border, pierces 3, the Yangtze River, the symbolic heart of China, 900 miles of rugged country before debouching into the oily swells of the East China Sea.
Chosen as one of the best travel books of 1996 by the New York Times Book Review. Connecting china's heartland cities with the volatile coastal giant, Shanghai, it has also historically connected China to the outside world through its nearly one thousand miles of navigable waters. To travel those waters is to travel back in history, and simon winchester takes us along with him as he encounters the essence of China--its history and politics, its geography and climate as well as engage in its culture, to sense the soul of China, and its people in remote and almost inaccessible places.