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

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Harper Collins, Feb 5, 2013 - Science - 464 pages
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Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman, examines the legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa, which was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people. The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France. Barometers in Bogotá and Washington, D.C., went haywire. Bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. The sound of the island's destruction was heard in Australia and India and on islands thousands of miles away. Most significant of all -- in view of today's new political climate -- the eruption helped to trigger in Java a wave of murderous anti-Western militancy among fundamentalist Muslims, one of the first outbreaks of Islamic-inspired killings anywhere. Krakatoa gives us an entirely new perspective on this fascinating and iconic event.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

 

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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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For a book about the most devastating volcanic eruption in modern history, most of it is pretty dry. Things don't pick up until the actual event, about 200 pages in. The history of the Dutch settlers ... Read full review

Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps xix
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One An Island with a Pointed Mountain
9
Two The Crocodile in the Canal
37
Three Close Encounters on the Wallace Line
51
Four The Moments When the Mountain Moved
115
Seven The Curious Case of the Terrified Elephant
197
Eight The Paroxysm the Flood and theCrack ofDoom
209
Nine Rebellion of a Ruined People
317
Ten The Rising of the Son
339
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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.

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