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Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories - that about sums it up. The eye open in this telling was learning about the Cod fisheries and how influential it was to the Africa-American slave trade. Not quite as riveting a listen as some of his others that I've listened to, but plenty informative and interesting just the same.
A Crack in the Edge of the World - Here Winchester retells the story of the San Francisco Earthquake with his typical excellent mix of the geologic history and human history of California.
This one hit a soft spot but I find retelling it takes too much telling - suffice it to say, listening to his excellent description and anecdotes of the central California landmark, (that provides the most far seeing vista of any US mountain, according to the author), - Mt.Diablo, as I coincidently found myself in its neighborhood for the first time in nearly three decades. Back four and a half decades ago that sentinel of a mountain used to be a beacon for this high schooler who dreamt only of getting through school, then escaping the mega city and running to Yosemite Nat'l Park and a life of adventure.
Wow, reflecting on those stats, I'm again amazed at how the years have raced by and I've been paying attention to every day, so I can't whine: where did it all go. Still, it's true, in the end it's like the wink of an eye. (Incidentally it was the relistening to this book while working today, that inspired me to share my love of this author.)
For the record Simon Winchester has authored many more books than this meager reading list.
What have you enjoyed reading lately?