A Crack in the Edge of the World: The Great American Earthquake of 1906

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Viking, 2005 - Earthquakes - 412 pages
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A burgeoning new city is built on the dreams of the American gold rush. It is also built upon a landscape that has been stretching, sliding and breaking apart for millennia. In 1906 the dreams of this city came crashing down beneath the rippling wave of a horrifying earthquake that turned roads into great rippling rivers, that set buildings ablaze for days on end, that made homes collapse upon themselves.

Simon Winchester's breathtaking story delves deep beneath the surface of the earth and explains to us why the world moves as it does; and breaks apart with such devastating results. At the same time he never lets us forget the human story- what happened in this new, seemingly blessed city on the 18th April 1906. As he vividly portrays the lives of the people who suffered and survived the devastation he also tells a universal story- the hubris of man as he ignores the warnings of nature and how we respond and try to understand the world around us.

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User Review  - mamzel - LibraryThing

This book was a comprehensive look at anything and everything that can be remotely connected to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and ensuing fire. Winchester gives a whole lot of background ... Read full review

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User Review  - MiaCulpa - LibraryThing

I was in a Seoul bookshop desperately looking for something appropriate in English when I saw "A Crack in the Edge of the World" sitting on a shelf. As a bonus, it was selling for about half of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Simon Winchester was born and educated in England. He was a foreign correspondent for more than thirty years includng twelve years for the Guardianin Asia, reporting on the Hong Kong handover to China for the newspaper in 1997, and twenty years as the Asia editor for Condé Nast Traveler.He is the author of many highly acclaimed and bestsellng works of non-fiction. He now lives in Massachusetts.

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