Following 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. With China on the rise, so, too, are the American cities of the West coast, including Seattle, San Francisco, and the long cluster of towns down the Silicon Valley.

Today, the Pacific is ascendant. Its geological history has long transformed us—tremendous earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis—but its human history, from a Western perspective, is quite young, beginning with Magellan’s sixteenth-century circumnavigation. It is a natural wonder whose most fascinating history is currently being made.

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. 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. 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. 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.

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  • 001 Pacific
    Duration: 59s
  • 002 Prologue part 1
    Duration: 33min
  • 003 Prologue part 2
    Duration: 25min
  • 004 Author's Note on Carbon
    Duration: 15min
  • 005 Chapter 1a
    Duration: 49min
  • 006 Chapter 1b
    Duration: 35min
  • 007 Chapter 2a
    Duration: 39min
  • 008 Chapter 2b
    Duration: 34min
  • 009 Chapter 3a
    Duration: 17min
  • 010 Chapter 3b
    Duration: 36min
  • 011 Chapter 4a
    Duration: 52min
  • 012 Chapter 4b
    Duration: 17min
  • 013 Chapter 5a
    Duration: 44min
  • 014 Chapter 5b
    Duration: 36min
  • 015 Chapter 6a
    Duration: 31min
  • 016 Chapter 6b
    Duration: 31min
  • 017 Chapter 7a
    Duration: 20min
  • 018 Chapter 7b
    Duration: 51min
  • 019 Chapter 8a
    Duration: 22min
  • 020 Chapter 8b
    Duration: 44min
  • 021 Chapter 9a
    Duration: 52min
  • 022 Chapter 9b
    Duration: 20min
  • 023 Chapter 10a
    Duration: 27min
  • 024 Chapter 10b
    Duration: 26min
  • 025 Chapter 10c
    Duration: 36min
  • 026 Epilogue
    Duration: 35min
  • 027 Pacific credits
    Duration: 01min
  • sample
    Duration: 01min