Land by Simon Winchester audiobook

Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World

By Simon Winchester
Read by Simon Winchester

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062938336

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781799947615

  • ISBN: 9781799947608

  • ISBN: 9781799947622

Runtime: 13.78 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

The author of The Professor and the Madman and The Perfectionists explores the notion of property—our proprietary relationship with the land—through human history, how it has shaped us and what it will mean for our future. Land—whether meadow or mountainside, desert or peat bog, parkland or pasture, suburb or city—is central to our existence. It quite literally underlies and underpins everything. Employing the keen intellect, insatiable curiosity, and narrative verve that are the foundations of his previous bestselling works, Simon Winchester examines what we human beings are doing—and have done—with the billions of acres that together make up the solid surface of our planet.

Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World examines in depth how we acquire land, how we steward it, how and why we fight over it, and finally, how we can, and on occasion do, come to share it. Ultimately, Winchester confronts the essential question: who actually owns the world’s land—and why does it matter? 

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Readers learn of the problematic results of the artificial India-Pakistan border, the 1889 Oklahoma Land Run, the incarceration of Japanese Americans, battles in Belfast, threats from Russia, radioactive contamination in Colorado, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and on and on…Be prepared for a very wide-ranging ride.” Booklist
“Winchester amasses a wealth of intriguing factoids and arcana…an entertaining and erudite roundup of humanity’s ever-evolving relationship with terra firma.” Publishers Weekly
“Winchester looks at how we buy and use land, how we spill blood over it, and, finally, whether we can really talk about who owns it.” Library Journal
“For most of history, human yearning for land outstripped that for money, and the author offers familiar, disheartening accounts of mass acquisitions and theft…Readers looking for inspiration will perk up to read about the Netherlands, which acquired its land from the sea and didn’t evict anyone.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Simon Winchester

Author Bio: Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa—all of which were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006 he was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire by her Majesty the Queen.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 13.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English