A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

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Harper Collins, Oct 10, 2006 - History - 512 pages
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Unleashed by ancient geologic forces, a magnitude 8.25 earthquake rocked San Francisco in the early hours of April 18, 1906. Less than a minute later, the city lay in ruins. Bestselling author Simon Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities to this extraordinary event, exploring the legendary earthquake and fires that spread horror across San Francisco and northern California in 1906 as well as its startling impact on American history and, just as important, what science has recently revealed about the fascinating subterranean processes that produced it—and almost certainly will cause it to strike again.

 

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Review: A Crack in the Edge of the World

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

Ok.... this book is NOT about the San Francisco earthquake. Well... at least the first half isn't. That's as far as I made it. I put this book down 4 times to read others, so I gave it a go. The first ... Read full review

Review: A Crack in the Edge of the World

User Review  - Marika Alexander - Goodreads

I have to first start out by saying I'm not a science-y person by any means, so a lot of his book went over my head, even though it's written for a layman. On the positive side, it is chock full of ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
1
AYear of Living Dangerously
25
Such Almost Modern Times
49
SEVEN The Mischief Maker
157
City of Mint and Smoke
201
The Night Before Dark
231
ELEVEN Ripples on the Surface of the Pond
335
Ice and Fire
369
APPENDIX On Taking an Earthquakes Measure
387
Suggestions for Further Reading
419
Index
435
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About the author (2006)

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.

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