Pacific by Simon Winchester is a fascinating and timely recent history of the Earth’s most massive ocean and the countries that surround it. With China ascendant, attention is being paid to the pivotal role control of the Pacific will play in the global power game. Winchester is a renowned historian who carefully researches his topics, providing detailed insights. He is a superb expository writer and his focus on the Pacific as ‘the future’ offers a unique perspective on seminal events that demonstrate the importance of this ocean.