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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded 27th August 1883
Krakatoa The Day the World Exploded 27th August 1883
Author: Simon Winchester
In August 1883 there was a series of volcanic eruptions on the island of Krakatoa -- these were so extreme that the effects were heard and felt over ten per cent of the Earth's surface. This text uses contemporaneous reports to recount the events leading up to and following the cataclysm.
ISBN-13: 9780670914289
ISBN-10: 0670914282
Publication Date: 6/2003
Pages: 448
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Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
As usual, Simon Winchester has written a solid, interesting, educational book about a fascinating historical/scientific event. I enjoyed it overall, and certain parts - particularly the chapters that described the actual volcano and the aftermath - were quite exciting. Still, I think Winchester's books are getting a little formulaic, and they could use more editing. This is good book to pass the time on an airplane ride or a day off.
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Helpful Score: 3
Full of fascinating information, some of it even related to Krakatoa! The author meanders a lot when he writes, and I suspect plagiarizes his own work.
Book written in 2003, he states early on that "Probably... it will be many years... before anything will befall the world...that will be as terrible as what took place..[at Krakatoa]..", yet the next year in the same part of the world almost 10 times as many people died in the tsunami as died in the 1883 explosion.
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Helpful Score: 3
Fascinating, but not his best. Do check review in Science Magazine questioning some of his conclusions.
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Helpful Score: 2
Simon Winchester presents the facts and the history behind this natural disaster. What I found most interesting was how far-reaching the effects of Krakatoa's eruption were, and the interesting ways they were able to prove it. Winchester presents this all in a reader-friendly style which is easy to understand even if you are not a geologist. Very enjoyable reading! Put it on your wishlist today!
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Fascinating! Makes me want to jump a steam ship for the Dutch East Indies and explore the remnants of this angry island.
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