Chasing the Sun by Richard Cohen
The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life

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In the grand tradition of the scholar-adventurer, acclaimed author Richard Cohen takes us around the world to illuminate our relationship with the star that gives us life. Drawing on more than seven years of research, he reports from locations in eighteen different countries. As he soon discovers, the Sun is present everywhere—in mythology, language, religion, politics, sciences, art, literature, and medicine, even in the ocean’s depths. For some ancient worshippers, our star was a man abandoned by his spouse because his brightness made her weary. The early Christians appropriated the Sun’s imagery, with the cross becoming an emblem of the star and its rays, and the halo a variation of that. Einstein helped replicate the Sun’s power to create the atomic bomb, while Richard Wagner had Tristan inveigh against daylight as the enemy of romantic love. In this splendidly illustrated volume packed with captivating facts, extraordinary myths, and surprising anecdotes, Cohen not only explains the star that so inspires us, but shows how multifacted our relationship with it has been—and continues to be.

 

About Richard Cohen

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Richard Cohen is the former publishing director of Hutchinson and Hodder & Stoughton and the founder of Richard Cohen Books. The acclaimed author of By the Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions, he has written for The New York Times and most leading London newspapers, and has appeared on BBC radio and television. He lives in New York City.
 
Published November 9, 2010 by Random House. 608 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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A remarkably comprehensive and engrossing synthesis of the sun's influence on science, art, religion, literature, mythology and politics.

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The Guardian

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This literary orbit around the biggest thing in our lives takes in mythology, written history, and the traffic of understanding from Babylon, ancient Egypt, Athens, the Islamic world, imperial China and Japan, the scientific revolution that began with Copernicus and Galileo and other extraordinar...

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Publishers Weekly

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Cohen (By the Sword) visited 18 countries to gather information for this ambitious and unusual literary opus, including Peru, where he witnessed the reenactment of an Inca ceremony welcoming the summer solstice, and Japan, where he climbed a snow-covered Mt.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Is that the best the modern world can do for a sun-worshiping ritual?

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Supercolossal yellow dwarf, terrible and sublime, cosmology unto itself—the sun.

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Book Reporter

With CHASING THE SUN, prodigious writer Richard Cohen presents a history of the Sun, chronicling his exhaustive journeys and explorations to remote places in search of a particular enlightenment.

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The Telegraph

The sun is a big subject, and Richard Cohen, who is a former publisher and the author of a history of swordfighting, has written a big book about it, an encyclopedic plum pudding of a compendium.

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Dallas News

Toward the end, Cohen falls into the hoary trap of believing the science is unsettled about the influence of solar radiation on climate change, swallowing the scientifically debunked viewpoint that changes in the sun's output, rather than the increasing buildup of greenhouse gases in Earth's atmo...

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