Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded

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Penguin UK, Jun 3, 2004 - Nature - 448 pages
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Simon Winchester's brilliant chronicle of the destruction of the Indonesian island of Krakatoa in 1883 charts the birth of our modern world. He tells the story of the unrecognized genius who beat Darwin to the discovery of evolution; of Samuel Morse, his code and how rubber allowed the world to talk; of Alfred Wegener, the crack-pot German explorer and father of geology. In breathtaking detail he describes how one island and its inhabitants were blasted out of existence and how colonial society was turned upside-down in a cataclysm whose echoes are still felt to this day.

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User Review  - GeoffHabiger - LibraryThing

August 1883. Events happening on a tiny island in the Sunda Strait between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java were about to dramatically change the world. On the morning of August 27 the ... Read full review

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So much I didn't know - from science to global politics of the 19th century. What a terrifying ordeal and how fascinating that it was really the first time in human history that people could connect ... Read full review


List of Illustrations and Maps
The Crocodile in the Canal
Close Encounters on the Wallace Line
The Moments When the Mountain Moved
The Unchaining of the Gates of Hell
A League from the Last of the
The Curious Case of the Terrified Elephant
Rebellion of a Ruined People
The Rising of the
The Place the World Exploded
Recommendations for and in One Case against Further Reading and Viewing
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Simon Winchester was born and educated in England, has lived in Africa, India and Asia, and now divides his time between the US and Scotland.
Having reported from almost everywhere during an award-winning twenty-year career as a Guardian foreign correspondent, he is currently the Asia-Pacific editor for Condé Nast Traveler and contributes to a number of American magazines, as well as to the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator and the BBC. He is the author of several bestselling works of non-fiction.

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