Chasing the Sun: The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life

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Random House Publishing Group, 2011 - History - 574 pages
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In the grand tradition of the scholar-adventurer, acclaimed author Richard Cohen takes us around the world to illuminate our relationship with the star that gives us life. Drawing on more than seven years of research, he reports from locations in eighteen different countries. As he soon discovers, the Sun is present everywhere—in mythology, language, religion, politics, sciences, art, literature, and medicine, even in the ocean’s depths. For some ancient worshippers, our star was a man abandoned by his spouse because his brightness made her weary. The early Christians appropriated the Sun’s imagery, with the cross becoming an emblem of the star and its rays, and the halo a variation of that. Einstein helped replicate the Sun’s power to create the atomic bomb, while Richard Wagner had Tristan inveigh against daylight as the enemy of romantic love. In this splendidly illustrated volume packed with captivating facts, extraordinary myths, and surprising anecdotes, Cohen not only explains the star that so inspires us, but shows how multifacted our relationship with it has been—and continues to be.

  

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Review: Chasing the Sun: The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life

User Review  - Rachel Rogers - Goodreads

I've been gradually making my way through this book; it's what I read when trying to fall asleep and didn't have any other books to work on. Which makes it sound like it was really boring. Parts of it ... Read full review

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User Review  - John Chaffinch - Goodreads

Assembles a dazzling array of perspectives on his solar theme with a breadth of response worthy of Sir Thomas Browne. Read full review

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Contents

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CHAPTER J0 UNDER THE WEATHER
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About the author (2011)

Richard Cohen is the former publishing director of Hutchinson and Hodder & Stoughton and the founder of Richard Cohen Books. The acclaimed author of By the Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions, he has written for The New York Times and most leading London newspapers, and has appeared on BBC radio and television. He lives in New York City.


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