In The Post: Atlantic by Simon Winchester

Arrived just in time to take on vacation next week, two books from the ever gracious HarperCollins. I am very excited to read Simon Winchester's Atlantic.


Mental Floss, History of the United States, Erik Sass
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Harper (October 5, 2010)
List Price: $24.99
Amazon Rating: 4.5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 3.57 stars


From the Product Description: 
Smarter than a history teacher, funnier than the Founding Fathers, and more American than Alaska, an almost (but not entirely) comprehensive primer on American history (or at least, the good stuff).

In trademark smart aleck style, this is history according to mental_floss, an insightfully accurate and incisively humorous exploration of little-known truths and widely believed falsehoods, which simultaneously exposes some of America's oddest moments, strangest citizens, most egregious frauds, and much, much more.


Atlantic, Simon Winchester
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Harper (November 2, 2010)
List Price: $27.99
Amazon Rating: 3.5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4.33 stars




From the Product Description: 
Blending history and anecdote, geography and reminiscence, science and exposition, the New York Times bestselling author of Krakatoa tells the breathtaking saga of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean, setting it against the backdrop of mankind's intellectual evolution.

Until a thousand years ago, no humans ventured into the Atlantic or imagined traversing its vast infinity. But once the first daring mariners successfully navigated to far shores—whether it was the Vikings, the Irish, the Chinese, Christopher Columbus in the north, or the Portuguese and the Spanish in the south—the Atlantic evolved in the world's growing consciousness of itself as an enclosed body of water bounded by the Americas to the West, and by Europe and Africa to the East. Atlantic is a biography of this immense space, of a sea which has defined and determined so much about the lives of the millions who live beside or near its tens of thousands of miles of coast.

Signed first editions of Atlantic are listing from $40-$110, so if you are in the following areas, you may want to catch Winchester's Book Tour and get an autographed copy:

 

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