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Pacific Rising: The Emergence of a New World Culture

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Economically, politically & culturally, the Pacific tide is rising. Why has the Pacific reached preeminence as the Atlantic has declined? What links such disparate cultures as Australia & Japan, Korea & the west coasts of North & South America? Winchester crisscrosses the ocean in search of answers to these questions. This is a brilliant portrait of the peo ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published April 1st 1991 by Prentice Hall
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Michael Harris
Feb 23, 2013 Michael Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another epic story by Winchester, Pacific, published in 1991, was an interesting look at the history and the politics of the Nation States that border the Planets largest body of water as well as the Oceanography of the Pacific. It was superbly written but bogged down a bit at the end. Having read Atlantic after it was published a few years ago, I developed a fondness for everything he has written and recently realized that Pacific was one of the earlier ones.
Judy
Apr 02, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Essays on many aspects of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding land areas. Very good, as is anything by Simon Winchester.
Tony
Mar 05, 2017 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PACIFIC. (2015). Simon Winchester. ****1/2.
The author manages to compose an excellent review of events that occurred in or around the Pacific Ocean from 1950 onwards. His various chapters cover such diverse events as:

Nuclear tests on Bikini
Masaru Ibuka’s invention and development of Sony’s transistor radio
Surfing
The incident of The USS Pueblo
The history of RMS Queen Elizabeth
Cyclone Tracy and its devastating effect on the city of Darwin
The sacking of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam of Australia
The
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Wally Muchow
Mar 19, 2016 Wally Muchow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy books by Simon Winchester, they have interesting subjects such as Krakatoa about the volcano or The Fracture Zone about the Balkans. The pacific was very interesting and somewhat unusual in that it used the Pacific Ocean as an organizing principle for a series of essays about events and people all centered on countries and islands that touch the Pacific.
The essays, many of them about historical events cover an eclectic set of topic from the North Korean capture of the U.S. Puebl
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Judith
Feb 21, 2016 Judith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book and want to read it again down the road. So full of information. Winchester uses the Pacific area to give vignettes of wide-ranging events occurring there.
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Winchester offers insight into the Pacific's central importance in the 21st Century through 10 close-ups of historic moments, trends and challenges from the ocean's post-WW2 history. Depending on the reader's familiarity with certain countries, technologies or histories, these can bog down quickly in repetitive or over-indulgence of detail.

Oddly enough, he does wrap up each close-up with a convincingly supported summation of their role in the Pacific's future, with one notable exception (the fa
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This is a great book about some key moments since 1950 that speaks to the greater trends about the ocean.
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Simon Winchester, OBE, is a British writer, journalist and broadcaster who resides in the United States. Through his career at The Guardian, Winchester covered numerous significant events including Bloody Sunday and the Watergate Scandal. As an author, Simon Winchester has written or contributed to over a dozen nonfiction books and authored one novel, and his articles appear in several travel publ ...more
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