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New York Times Bestselling Author, Journalist, and Broadcaster

Simon Winchester, bestselling author, journalist, and broadcaster, has worked as a foreign correspondent for most of his career and lectures widely at universities, geological and historical societies, and libraries. His current book, Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World, explores the notion of property—bought, earned, or received; in Europe, Africa, North America, or the South Pacific—through human history, how it has shaped us and what it will mean for our future.

The author of 30 books, Winchester specializes in eccentric, obsessive geniuses. In The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World, Winchester traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement—precision—in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future. The New York Times bestseller The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom, is the remarkable story of Joseph Needham, the eccentric and adventurous scientist who fell in love with China and whose own work there unveils the epic story of that magisterial country.

Simon Winchester's many books include Pacific, The Men Who United the States and Atlantic, as well as the New York Times bestsellers The Professor and the Madman, an account of the men behind the Oxford English Dictionary, A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906, and The Map that Changed the World, about the nineteenth century geologist William Smith. Winchester has also penned books for young adults, The Alice Behind Wonderland and When the Earth Shakes. He is praised for his skills as a masterful and riveting storyteller both on the page and in lectures.

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We immensely enjoyed having Simon Winchester at our China Forum in Shanghai. With his marvelous oratory skills he delighted the audience and sparked the kind of intellectual curiosity one develops in hallowed halls of academia but has since long buried. Simon's engaging style inspires you to return to that thirst for knowledge and motivates you to dig deeper into the wealth of rich history he is deservedly famous for portraying.

- CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets

We immensely enjoyed having Simon Winchester at our China Forum in Shanghai. With his marvelous oratory skills he delighted the audience and sparked the kind of intellectual curiosity one develops in hallowed halls of academia but has since long buried. Simon's engaging style inspires you to return to that thirst for knowledge and motivates you to dig deeper into the wealth of rich history he is deservedly famous for portraying.

- CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets

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