. Rising in the mountains of the tibetan border, the Yangtze River, the symbolic heart of China, pierces 3, 900 miles of rugged country before debouching into the oily swells of the East China Sea. 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.
The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese Time #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. Chosen as one of the best travel books of 1996 by the New York Times Book Review.
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 - Here is an unforgettable tale of what makes men, and, nations, indeed, mankind itself great—related by one of the world's inimitable storytellers. In 1937, while working as a biochemist at Cambridge University, he instantly fell in love with a visiting Chinese student, 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. By the time he died, he had produced, seventeen immense volumes, essentially single-handedly, marking him as the greatest one-man encyclopedist ever.
Both epic and intimate, the man Who Loved China tells the sweeping story of China through Needham's remarkable life. His thrilling and dangerous journeys, vividly recreated by Winchester, took him across war-torn China to far-flung outposts, consolidating his deep admiration for the Chinese people. After the war, and began writing his majestic Science and Civilisation in China, Needham was determined to tell the world what he had discovered, describing the country's long and astonishing history of invention and technology.
The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom P.S. #ad - He searched everywhere for evidence to bolster his conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of mankind's most familiar innovations—including printing, explosives, the compass, suspension bridges, even toilet paper—often centuries before the rest of the world. In sumptuous and illuminating detail, 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, Simon Winchester, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, 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.
Korea: A Walk Through the Land of MiraclesHarperCollins e-books #ad - In the late 1980s, new york times bestselling author simon winchester set out on foot to discover the Republic of Korea - from its southern tip to the North Korean border - in order to set the record straight about this enigmatic and elusive land. Fascinating for its vivid presentation of historical and geographic detail, Korea is that rare book that actually defines a nation and its people.
. Winchester's gift for capturing engaging characters in true, history, language, compelling stories provides us with a treasury of enchanting and informed insight on the culture, and politics of this little-known corner of Asia. With a new introduction by the author, Korea is a beautiful journey through a mysterious country and a memorable addition to the many adventures of Simon Winchester.
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906Harper Perennial #ad - 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. The quake resulted from a rupture in a part of the San Andreas fault, which lies underneath the earth's surface along the northern coast of California.
The human tragedy included the deaths of upwards of 700 people, with more than 250, 000 left homeless. 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.
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 #ad - 25 on the Richter scale. Lasting little more than a minute, broke open gas mains, cut off electric power lines throughout the Bay area, the earthquake wrecked 490 blocks, 000 buildings, toppled a total of 25, 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.
Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's SuperpowersHarper #ad - With china on the rise, san francisco, too, so, including Seattle, are the American cities of the West coast, and the long cluster of towns down the Silicon Valley. Today, the Pacific is ascendant. And his historical understanding of the region is formidable, making Pacific a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty, myth, and imagination that is transforming our lives.
. 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.
As the mediterranean shaped the classical world, and the Atlantic connected Europe to the New World, the Pacific Ocean defines our tomorrow. He observes the fall of a dictator in Manila, visits aboriginals in northern Queensland, and is jailed in Tierra del Fuego, the land at the end of the world. It is a natural wonder whose most fascinating history is currently being made.
Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers #ad - In telling the story of the pacific, simon winchester takes us from the Bering Strait to Cape Horn, the Yangtze River to the Panama Canal, and to the many small islands and archipelagos that lie in between. Its geological history has long transformed us—tremendous earthquakes, and tsunamis—but its human history, volcanoes, is quite young, from a Western perspective, beginning with Magellan’s sixteenth-century circumnavigation.
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.
The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, IndivisibleHarper #ad - Simon winchester, connect, 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, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U. S. A. Featuring 32 illustrations throughout the text, The Men Who United the States is a fresh look at the way in which the most powerful nation on earth came together.
He treks vast swaths of territory, from pittsburgh to Portland, Seattle to Anchorage, Rochester to San Francisco, introducing the fascinating people who played a pivotal role in creating today’s United States. Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree.
The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible #ad - . From its beginnings. How did america become “one nation, winchester follows in the footsteps of america’s most essential explorers, indivisible”? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? To answer these questions, thinkers, and innovators, 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, travel, lyrical, horrifying and inspiring…A lifetime of thought, reading, terrifying, admonitory, cautionary, 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.
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories #ad - 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, and the professor and the Madman will love this masterful, The Man Who Loved China, penetrating, 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, indeed, for the first time ever, which he uncovered in his excavations, one could follow layers of rocks as they dipped and rose and fell—clear across England and, clear across the world—making it possible, to draw a chart of the hidden underside of the earth.
The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology #ad - But instead of receiving accolades and honors, the victim of plagiarism, he ended up in debtors' prison, and virtually homeless for ten years more. In 1793, a canal digger named William Smith made a startling discovery. With a keen eye and thoughtful detail, Simon Winchester unfolds the poignant sacrifice behind this world-changing discovery.
. Smith spent twenty-two years piecing together the fragments of this unseen universe to create an epochal and remarkably beautiful hand-painted map. 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.
Outposts: Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British EmpireHarperCollins e-books #ad - Outposts: Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire #ad - The new york times bestselling author of krakatoa and the professor and the Madman takes readers on a quirky and charming tour of the last outpost of the British empire Originally published in 1985, Outposts is Simon Winchester’s journey to find the vanishing empire, “on which the sun never sets. In the course of a three-year, from the south of spain and the tip of china to the utterly remote specks in the middle of gale-swept oceans—he discovered such romance and depravity, 100, 000 mile journey—from the chill of the Antarctic to the blue seas of the Caribbean, opulence and despair tht he was inspired to write what may be the last contemporary account of the British empire.
. Written with winchester’s captivating style and breadth, myths and political analysis, here are conversations and anecdotes, scenery and history—a poignant and colorful record of the lingering beat of what was once the heart of the civilized world.
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883Harper Perennial #ad - The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France. 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. 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. The sound of the island's destruction was heard in Australia and India and on islands thousands of miles away.
Dust swirled round die planet for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid with lurid and unsettling displays of light. Barometers in Bogotá and Washington, D. C. Went haywire.
The Great Wall: China Against the World, 1000 BC-AD 2000Grove Press #ad - Historian julia lovell looks behind the intimidating fortification and its mythology to uncover a complex history far more fragmented and less illustrious that its crowds of visitors imagine today. Over two thousand years old, the great Wall of China is a symbolic and physical dividing line between the civilized Chinese and the “barbarians” at their borders.
Lovell’s story winds through the lives of the millions of individuals who built and attacked it, and Turks, Mongols, in its quest to create an empire, joined the regional ramparts to make what the Chinese call the “10, and recounts how succeeding dynasties built sections of the wall as defenses against the invading Huns, and how the Ming dynasty, 000 Li” or the “long wall.
The Great Wall: China Against the World, 1000 BC-AD 2000 #ad - An epic that reveals the true history of a nation, present, The Great Wall is “a supremely inviting entrée to the country” and essential reading for anyone who wants to understand China’s past, and future Booklist. A “gripping, colorful” history of china’s Great Wall that explores the conquests and cataclysms of the empire from 1000 BC to the present day Publishers Weekly.