Search Results: "Simon Winchester"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 1998

"First-rate writing: well-crafted, incisive, abundantly playful. (b&w photos, not seen) (Book- of-the-Month Club selection)"
Remarkably readable, this chronicle of lexicography roams from the great dictionary itself to hidden nooks in the human psyche that sometimes house the motives for murder, the sources for sanity, and the blueprint for creativity. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2003

"Supremely well told: a fine exception to the dull run of most geological writing."
A vivid reconstruction of a volcanic explosion felt around the world—and a tale of curious twists it is. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2008

"Reflects its subject's passionate interests and makes scholarship positively sexy."
Another formidable, absorbing reading experience by versatile Winchester (A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906, 2005, etc.), this one about the British scholar who made China's contributions to civilization known in the West. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Stormy weather elegantly explained. (recommended reading, acknowledgements, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Hurricanes, typhoons, and tornadoes bring disaster around the world. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"A lifetime of thought, travel, reading, imagination and memory inform this affecting account."
The prolific journalist and historian returns with a story both geographically immense and profoundly personal. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Another winning book from a historian whose passion for his subjects saturates his works."
Using a nifty structure around the five classic elements of wood, earth, water, fire and metal, Winchester (Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, 2010, etc.) celebrates the brains and brawn that forged America's Manifest Destiny. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"Winchester is an engaging tour guide, and his tale a humbling one. Humankind exists, he concludes, by 'the planet's consent.'"
From Chinatown street corners to outer space, an enlightening and edifying examination of the catastrophic San Francisco earthquake of April 1906 and how it shaped subsequent American history. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Absorbing and always, thanks to Winchester's intelligence and firsthand knowledge, quite believable."
Hong Kong resident Winchester—a Manchester Guardian correspondent whose nonfiction Their Noble Lordships (1982) and Pacific Rising (1991) dished up the House of Lords and the Pacific Rim respectively—treats the breakup of China as future historical fiction. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Winchester's passionate research—on sea and land—undergirds this superb analysis of a world wonder that we seem hellbent on damaging."
The preternaturally curious writer about everything from the Oxford English Dictionary to volcanoes to the Atlantic Ocean (Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, 2010, etc.) returns with a series of high-resolution literary snapshots of the Pacific Ocean.Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2001

"A fluid, fascinating, emotional story of an unlikely genius who created a science. (60 illustrations)"
A masterful, felicitous tribute to Smith (1769-1839), the extraordinary ordinary Englishman who conceived, researched, and drew the world's first geological map. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Both scholarly and slyly observant, this is a terrific read, which should be savored slowly—perhaps with some Lushan Misty Clouds Green Tea. (maps, not seen)"
Winchester (Pacific Rising, 1992, etc.) depicts the central role of the Yangtze in China's long, tumultuous history in a lively narrative that ranges from the scholarly to the surreal to the truly harrowing. Read full book review >