Let the Sea Make a Noise... by Walter A. McDougall
A History of the North Pacific from Magellan to Macarthur

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This study is an account of the rise and fall of empires in the last vast unexplored corner of the inhabitable Earth, an area occupying one-sixth of the globe. The book chronicles 400 years of voyages of discovery, feats of pioneering heroism, engineering marvels, political plots, business chicanery, racial clashes and brutal wars. Walter McDougall lets the people who lived the events interpret them - the American-loving ambassador to Washington on the eve of Pearl Harbor, the Russian builder of the Trans-Siberian railway, a Hawaiian queen from the first period of Western competition for the Islands, the American Secretary of State infamous for his "folly" in purchasing Alaska, a Spanish missionary from the period when it looked like the whole area might have become part of the Spanish realm. From the tropical paradise of Hawaii to the island fortress of Japan, from the frozen wastes of Siberia to the California coastline and into the power centres of London, Washington, Tokyo and St Petersburg, the book offers insights into all the twists and turns of the Pacific empire. Walter McDougall is the author of "The Heavens and the Earth".

About Walter A. McDougall

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A professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, Walter A. McDougall is the author of many books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Heavens and the Earth" and "Let the Sea Make a Noise". . . . He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two teenage children.
Published September 1, 1993 by Basic Books. 816 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Generation-spanning tales of the North Pacific from a Pulitzer-winning historian who's also a gifted storyteller.

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McDougall chronicles the cultural, racial, economic and military confrontations of the British, Spaniards, Hawaiians and Chinese in the North Pacific since the 16th century. He pays special attention

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