Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Men Who United the States, The Map That Changed the World, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa, all of which were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006, Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He resides in western Massachusetts.
Winchester is a longtime journalist turned author, a meticulous researcher and catholic thinker. ----James Gleick, The New York Review of Books An enthusiastic popular-science tour of technological marvels...readers will love the ride. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Winchester's latest is a rollicking work of pop science that entertains and informs. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) Praise for The Men Who United the States Entertaining. . . . A pleasure. --New York Times Book Review Another gem from one of the world's justly celebrated historians specializing in unusual and always fascinating subjects and people. --Booklist (starred review) A rousing tribute to the alliances, agencies, and inventions--from Lewis and Clark to the Internet--that underpin our more perfect union. A stunning, highly original feast of a book. --Stacy Schiff, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cleopatra [M]esmerizing and fascinating. . . . Mr. Winchester is a master storyteller, and all the individuals, places, and events that he passionately writes about come to life in exquisite detail. --New York Journal of Books Vivid, valuable. . . . An extraordinary, propulsive tale. --Wall Street Journal Simon Winchester never disappoints, and The Men Who United the States is a lively and surprising account of how this sprawling piece of geography became a nation. This is America from the ground up. Inspiring and engaging. --Tom Brokaw