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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883
Krakatoa The Day the World Exploded August 27 1883
Author: Simon Winchester
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 Bogot&...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060937362
ISBN-10: 006093736X
Publication Date: 3/2004
Pages: 448
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3.9 stars, based on 60 ratings
Publisher: Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883 on + 7 more book reviews
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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Fascinating, but not his best. Do check review in Science Magazine questioning some of his conclusions.
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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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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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An incredible historical account of what happend on that fateful day when the world literaly "exploded". This is a very well-documented book, a bit long maybe, but definitely worth it.
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Excellent, very well written book. I like how Winchester aggregates world-wide events to give a global perspective of this eruption.
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Excellent account of an historical event and the underlying geology which caused it. In addition, the author goes into the social upheaval resulting from this devastating eruption. I strongly recommend this book and others by this author (The book Atlantic is equally fascinating)
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Fascinating and detailed account of this historic event. Well written.


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