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Simon Winchester’s Epic ‘Atlantic’ Brims With Battles, Heroes

The white American trader who was blown off course near North Africa, ended up enslaved by Sahara nomads and escaped to write a bestselling memoir, steps into view as Simon Winchester unfolds his epic new book, “Atlantic.”

Leif Eriksson, Napoleon, Nelson, Chaim Weizmann, and the suicidal German captain who blew up the Graf Spee further dramatize this fascinating history by one of today’s most erudite and lively writers.