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

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Random House Trade Paperbacks, 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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User Review  - mbmackay - LibraryThing

This is an odd book. It sets out to tell about the sun and its effects on the earth - a grand objective, but one that is fulfilled more in the form of a catalogue or an extended index, than as an ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ma_Washigeri - LibraryThing

An epic story indeed. This book was too big for bedtime so I left it in the living room and read a chapter or a few pages when I felt like it. The best chapters were brilliant - and I can imagine that ... Read full review

Contents

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chapt ER THE R1s ING STAR of Politics
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chapt ER Ov ER THE HorizoN
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AND BEYo ND
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THE DEATH OF THE SUN
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SUNSET THE GANGEs
499
Acknowledgments
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Notes
519
Index
548
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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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