Martha's Reviews > Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms & a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

Atlantic by Simon Winchester
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Jan 02, 2012

really liked it
Read from January 02 to 12, 2012

I so admire the author's love of story and detail, but with this book didn't think his editor did a very good job of removing repetitions and unnecessary diversions. Using the seven stages of man as a structure may have made sense at the onset, but became a little contrived toward the end. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. That said, the book is a goldmine of information about the Atlantic and the life that teems within it and around it, and you can't help but leave it with a head full of facts and events and interesting stories that you know will serve you down the road or on a breezy day as you stand on the edge of a dune gazing down onto breakers rolling in from the Atlantic and consider your place in the scheme of things.
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