Krakatoa

Krakatoa

The Day the World Exploded : August 27, 1883

Book - 2003
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The bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and The Map That Changed the World examines the enduring and world-changing effects of the catastrophic eruption off the coast of Java of the earth's most dangerous volcano -- Krakatoa.

The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa -- the name has since become a byword for a cataclysmic disaster -- was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event that has only very recently been properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. Dust swirled round die planet for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid with lurid and unsettling displays of light. The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France. Barometers in Bogot#65533; 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.

Simon Winchester's long experience in the world wandering as well as his knowledge of history and geology give us an entirely new perspective on this fascinating and iconic event as he brings it telling back to life.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2003
Edition: 1st U.S. ed. --
ISBN: 9780066212852
0066212855
Branch Call Number: 551.2109/WIN 4565 1

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flygt
Jan 22, 2017

Terrific book. Fascinating and more than a wee bit scary. A nice mix of science and history.

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aslack004
Nov 17, 2016

I found this book brimming with build up and felt the power of the ultimate event. All done in a human but non-judgmental way.

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Charlie68
Jul 26, 2016

Mr. Winchester knows how wrap up the main event in its era, providing historical, geological and local anthropology that leads to the loudest explosion in modern history.

Codexthespius Dec 02, 2013

Winchesters details of the massive explosion are awesome, as is the fact that more people were killed by the tsunami-like waves the volcano caused than by the volcano itself. He explains how the telegraph made Krakatoa the worl's first global media event.

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sess430
Jan 20, 2013

A hair-raising, riveting account of the violent explosion of the Krakatoa volcano. Thousands lost their lives. It gives new meaning to the "force of nature."

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Gonzo_McFly
Dec 09, 2009

Very exciting book, and an excellent geology section for the uninformed and the informed.

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