The Resource Pacific : silicon chips and surfboards, coral reefs and atom bombs, brutal dictators, fading empires, and the coming collision of the world's superpowers, Simon Winchester

Pacific : silicon chips and surfboards, coral reefs and atom bombs, brutal dictators, fading empires, and the coming collision of the world's superpowers, Simon Winchester

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Pacific : silicon chips and surfboards, coral reefs and atom bombs, brutal dictators, fading empires, and the coming collision of the world's superpowers
Title
Pacific
Title remainder
silicon chips and surfboards, coral reefs and atom bombs, brutal dictators, fading empires, and the coming collision of the world's superpowers
Statement of responsibility
Simon Winchester
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The New York Times best-selling author of The Men Who United the States traces the geological history of the Pacific Ocean to assess its relationship with humans and indelible role in the modern world
  • A colorful and provocative exploration of the modern Pacific Ocean--what it has been, and the grip it holds on our future. Simon Winchester tackles this "oceanic behemoth of eye-watering complexity" by focusing on key moments since 1950 that speak to the greater trends and larger truths about the ocean's significance to us today. He leads us from the Bering Strait to Cape Horn, the Yangtze River to the Panama Canal, and to the many small islands in between. He recounts the atomic tests on Bikini, which created a surreal landscape that must still be left vacant. He takes us to the launch of "Gidget" and her surfboards, which would forever change how the world's youth views a rising wave. Pacific also tells the story of the 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 and addresses the environmental degradation and climate shifts that now threaten this majestic body of water. Along the way, he looks at the political turmoil in Australia, the relationship between the Koreas, and recent confrontations that engaged China and the United States. Calling upon Winchester's many journeys throughout the Pacific and its surrounding areas, his formidable historical understanding, and his singular talent for storytelling, Pacific is a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty and myth that has long captured the imagination.--Publisher information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
909/.09823
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GC771
LC item number
.W56 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Pacific : silicon chips and surfboards, coral reefs and atom bombs, brutal dictators, fading empires, and the coming collision of the world's superpowers, Simon Winchester
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 457-463) and index
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Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue : The lonely sea and the sky -- Author's note : On carbon -- The great thermonuclear sea -- Mr. Ibuka's radio revolution -- The ecstasies of wave-riding -- A dire and dangerous irritation -- Farewell, all my friends and foes -- Echoes of distant thunder -- How goes the lucky country? -- The fires in the deep -- A fragile and uncertain sea -- Of masters and commanders -- Epilogue : The call of the running tide
Control code
ocn915741427
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 492 pages
Isbn
9780062315410
Lccn
2015020468
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
99964785377
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
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u1227539
System control number
(OCoLC)915741427

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