Pacific Rising by Simon Winchester
The Emergence of a New World Culture

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Why has the Pacific region reached such preeminence? What links its disparate cultures? In a provocative analysis that combines politics and culture as well as economics, Winchester gives readers a remarkable new look at the people of this region, from Japan to Australia, Korea to the west coasts of North and South America. 25 maps.
 

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Simon Winchester has written works based on his travels through Africa, India and Hong Kong, including The River at the Center of the World (1996), about his trip along the Yangtze River. He has also written The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, and served as the Asia-Pacific editor for Conde Nast Traveler. He lives in Massachusetts and in the Western Isles of Scotland.
 
Published April 1, 1991 by Simon & Schuster. 496 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Winchester's explanation for considering this motley group of nations as a unit--that, for the first time, they had ""started to look inward, at themselves""--makes for a rickety interpretative structure, and his admitted deficiencies in economics do not help in considering the new Asian industri...

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In the author's view the primacy of the Atlantic is a thing of the past. Los Angeles is about to replace New York as the world's busiest port. The yenwill, in all probability, be the global currency o

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Winchester ( Pacific Rising ) establishes a plausible early sequence of events, but then depicts Japan's intervention so sketchily that he fails to convince.

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A delightful and informative look at the complicated mosaic of peoples, religions and histories of some of the countries in and around the world's largest ocean, and at the Pacific Ocean itself.

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