Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883

Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883

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By (author) Simon Winchester

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 206mm x 30mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 15 July 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0060838590
  • ISBN 13: 9780060838591
  • Sales rank: 70,091

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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 Bogota 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. Krakatoa gives us an entirely new perspective on this fascinating and iconic event.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

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"Brilliant...One of the best books ever written about the history and significance of a natural disaster."--New York Times