The Day the World Exploded: The Earthshaking Catastrophe at Krakatoa

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Harper Collins, May 6, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 96 pages
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Eruptions.

Explosions.

Shock waves.

Tsunamis.

The almighty explosion that destroyed the volcano island of Krakatoa was followed by an immense tsunami that killed more than thirty thousand people. The effects of the waves were felt as far away as France, and bodies were washed up in Zanzibar.

Today, one hundred and twenty-five years after the volcano erupted in one of the greatest catastrophes the world has ever known, the name Krakatoa is still synonymous with disaster.

In this illustrated account based on Simon Winchester's bestselling Krakatoa, the colossal explosion is brought to vivid life. From the ominous warnings leading up to the eruption to the wave of killings it provoked, here is an engaging and insightful look at what happened on the day the world exploded.

 

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Contents

UNDERSTANDING VOLCANOES
13
A BUSINESS EMPIRE
25
EARLY WARNINGS
45
LIFE RETURNS
82
Krakatau Today
88
Suggested Volcano Websites
94
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About the author (2008)

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa. Those books were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006, Mr. Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by her Majesty the Queen. He lives in Manhattan and in western Massachusetts.

Dwight Jon Zimmerman began his career in publishing at Marvel Comics, where he held a variety of editorial positions. In 1992, he became executive editor of Topps Comics. His first book, First Command: Paths to Leadership, was published in 2005. His other books include The Hammer and the Anvil, The Book of War, The Book of Weapons, The Vietnam War: A Graphic History, and Tecumseh: Shooting Star of the Shawnee. He has also adapted books for young readers by numerous authors including Dee Brown, James McPherson, and Bill O'Reilly.

Jason Chin is an illustrator and web designer. He has illustrated The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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