Chasing the Sun

The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life

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  • 158836934X
  • 9781400068753
  • 9781588369345

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.

  • Random House Publishing Group; November 2010
  • ISBN 9781588369345
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  • Title: Chasing the Sun
  • Author: Richard Cohen
  • Imprint: Random House
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 158836934X
  • 9781400068753
  • 9781588369345

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Advance praise for Chasing the Sun

Chasing the Sun is both a grand history of civilization and an irresistible account of an around-the-world odyssey in search of an elusive moving target. Richard Cohen collects fascinating stories with the exuberance and erudition of a Victorian explorer filling a curio cabinet with rare specimens. This is an amazing tour de force.”—Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind

Chasing the Sun is quite an extraordinary book, which I absolutely loved. I found it impossible to read in a few sittings, but sort of sat around regularly sunbathing in its information afterglow. It’s a dazzling solar encyclopedia but also a fabulously provoking history of discoveries, dreams, and delusions. I shall bask in its shimmering digressions, crazy cross-references, and dizzy overviews for many moons.”—Richard Holmes, author of The Age of Wonder


From the Hardcover edition.

About The Author

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.


From the Hardcover edition.