Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.The ocean comprises the largest object on our planet. Retelling human history from an oceanic rather than terrestrial point of view unsettles our relationship with the natural environment. Our engagement with the world's oceans can be destructive, as with today's deluge of plastic trash and acidification, but the mismatch between small bodies and vast seas also emphasizes the frailty and resilience of human experience. From ancient stories of shipwrecked sailors to the containerized future of 21st-century commerce, Ocean splashes the histories we thought we knew into salty and unfamiliar places. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.
About the Author
Steve Mentz is Professor of English at St John's University, USA. He is the author of four books, including Shipwreck Modernity: Ecologies of Globalization, 1550 - 1719 (2015), and the editor of four books. He blogs at The Bookfish (www.stevementz.com).