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[43.62 MiB] Land books by Simon Winchester

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“In many ways, Land combines bits and pieces of many of Winchester’s previous books into a satisfying, globe-trotting whole. . . . Winchester is, once again, a consummate guide.”—Boston Globe

The author of The Professor and the Madman, The Map That Changed the World, and The Perfectionists explores the notion of property—bought, earned, or received; in Europe, Africa, North America, or the South Pacific—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? 
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  • At the Edge of Ireland
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  • The Log from the Sea of Cortez
  • The Long Hitch Home
  • Meet Me in Atlantis
  • Around the World in 50 Years
  • Narrow Dog to Indian River
  • The Great Railway Bazaar
  • Figures in a Landscape
  • Route 66 Still Kicks
  • Narrow Dog to Carcassonne
  • Before the Chop III
  • Honeymoon with My Brother
  • Grounded
  • The Best American Travel Writing 2012
  • Kevin and I in India
  • The Global Soul
  • The Oregon Trail
  • Roughing It