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Book Reviews of Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883

Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883
Krakatoa The Day the World Exploded August 27 1883
Author: Simon Winchester
ISBN-13: 9780060937362
ISBN-10: 006093736X
Publication Date: 3/2004
Pages: 448
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 61 ratings
Publisher: Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
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18 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

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.
buzzby avatar reviewed Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883 on + 6062 more book reviews
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.
reviewed Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883 on + 57 more book reviews
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!
reviewed Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883 on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Extremely factual and detailed account of the modern world's most intense volcanic eruption in 1883. For those not of a scientific bent, the reading can become a bit dry.
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Helpful Score: 1
Simon Winchester is able to make the social history & physical (geological) history of this event sing together in marvelous ways.
tamara avatar reviewed Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883 on + 78 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Fascinating! Makes me want to jump a steam ship for the Dutch East Indies and explore the remnants of this angry island.
reviewed Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883 on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
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.
MaiasGranny avatar reviewed Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883 on + 103 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
A fascinating, in-depth study of the political and geological history of Java and the awe-inspiring volcano called "Krakatoa".
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Helpful Score: 1
Extremely informative. More scientific review than storytelling.
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Entertaining, enjoyable read about 19th century life in Indonesia, as well as a thorough history of the volcanic eruption and its aftermath.
buzzby avatar reviewed Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883 on + 6062 more book reviews
wonderful book, I read it a while ago. Only trouble is, the maps made it hard for me to figure out exactly where Krakatoa is, it's in the strait between the islands of Sumatra and Java.
reviewed Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883 on
Excellent, very well written book. I like how Winchester aggregates world-wide events to give a global perspective of this eruption.
buzzby avatar reviewed Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883 on + 6062 more book reviews
Wonderful book, that covers everything from the discovery of seafloor spreading to the adoption of time zones. Sometimes, it even discusses the eruption of Krakatoa.
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Fascinating and detailed account of this historic event. Well written.
reviewed Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883 on
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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Warning: Most of the book is not actually about Krakatoa but rather background for it.
reviewed Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883 on + 1775 more book reviews
Word of mouth promised that this is a well written book and it is true. Mr. Winchester has done a great deal of research and consulted with knowledgeable people worldwide, bringing to readers many obscure sources, some of which sometimes turn up in the 21st C. when a cache of old letters comes to light.
There is a great amount of detail, for example tracing how the news got out to the world, from locals to the Times of London and to the Lloyd's Agent in the Dutch East Indies onward to London, and thereafter in the worldwide press. This book deserves a better review but I was only to read it for an hour as I needed to wrap up the package for the shelf of the old soldiers' home.
Maps, illustrations, drawings, bibliography, and index.
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