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Simon discusses the development of Pacific, his latest celebrated book
November 28, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
“We live a very long way from the shores of the Pacific Ocean–a sea so immeasurably vast it could swallow all the continents and have room to spare. But our distance from it should not cloud our realization that this is the ocean around which all our futures will play out–for it is where mankind’s relentless westward spread across the globe has come full circle, and that across the Date Line is where west and east finally truly meet. The modern Pacific offers a tableau of awesome variety–atom bombs and coral reefs, surfboards and submarines, Apple and Sony, ukuleles and didgeridoos, North Korea and Chile, Polynesians and Ainu, icebergs and cyclones and blue-washed strands of limitless leaning palm trees. But its sheer beauty is deceiving. For this is also where the world’s two superpowers will now face each other down, where America and China will test their mutual ambitions to lead tomorrow’s world into its Pacific future, a reality which will all of a sudden make a faraway ocean seem very near, a body of water with which all of us should beome familiar and fully aware.”
A book signing will follow.
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