Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883

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Thorndike Press, 2003 - History - 629 pages
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The annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event that has only very recently been properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined.

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Book on CD read by the author. 3.5*** On August 27, 1883 the volcano Krakatoa exploded in a cataclysmic eruption that literally annihilated the island. The explosion resulted in more deaths than any ... Read full review

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Large format book w/ numerous illustrations. As usual with Winchester's books, situates the event in its larger context. A companion to a book about the explosion intended for adults. Read full review

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One An Island with a Pointed
Two The Crocodile in the Canal

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Simon Winchester was born in London, England on September 28, 1944. He read geology at St. Catherine's College, Oxford. After graduation in 1966, he joined a Canadian mining company and worked as field geologist in Uganda. The following year he decided to become a journalist. His first reporting job was for The Journal, Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1969, he joined The Guardian and was named Britain's Journalist of the Year in 1971. He also worked for the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times before becoming a freelancer. He is the author of numerous books including In Holy Terror, The River at the Center of the World, The Alice Behind Wonderland, and The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary. In 2006, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to journalism and literature.

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