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Krakatoa : The Day the World Exploded

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Simon Winchester's brilliant chronicle of the destruction of the Indonesian island of Krakatoa in 1883 charts the birth of our modern world. He tells the story of the unrecognized genius who beat Darwin to the discovery of evolution; of Samuel Morse, his code and how rubber allowed the world to talk; of Alfred Wegener, the crack-pot German explorer and father of geology. In breathtaking detail he describes how one island and its inhabitants were blasted out of existence and how colonial society was turned upside-down in a cataclysm whose echoes are still felt to this day.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 133 x 199 x 30mm | 312g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, facsims., maps, ports.
  • 0141005173
  • 9780141005171
  • 115,318

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"Krakatoa is a pleasure from beginning to end." -- Boston Sunday Globe "A rattling good read." -- Boston Sunday Globe "A good read." -- Washington Post Book World A good read. --Washington Post Book World Masterful build-up of literary and geological tension. --The Economist A rattling good read. --Boston Sunday Globe Winchester s exceptional attention to detail never falters. --San Francisco Chronicle Supremely well told: a fine exception to the dull run of most geological writing. starred Kirkus Review--Kirkus Review (starred review) A real-life story bigger than any Hollywood blockbuster. --Entertainment Weekly Winchester...is noted for his ability to turn scholarly history into engrossing narrative. --Chicago Sun-Times Winchester scores. (byline Baltimore Sun, printed in Pittsburg Post-Gazette)--Baltimore Sun Brilliant...One of the best books ever written about the history and significance of a natural disaster. --New York Times Winchester once again demonstrates a keen knack for balancing rich and often rigorous historical detail with dramatic tension and storytelling. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) Krakatoa is a pleasure from beginning to end. --Boston Sunday Globe Winchester dramatically delivers...the book is absorbing... --Daily News The rich and fascinating KRAKATOA confirms [Winchester s] preeminence. Janet Maslin--International Herald Tribune "Winchester's exceptional attention to detail never falters."--San Francisco Chronicle "Krakatoa is a pleasure from beginning to end."--Boston Sunday Globe "Winchester scores." (byline Baltimore Sun, printed in Pittsburg Post-Gazette)--Baltimore Sun "Winchester once again demonstrates a keen knack for balancing rich and often rigorous historical detail with dramatic tension and storytelling."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Winchester...is noted for his ability to turn scholarly history into engrossing narrative."--Chicago Sun-Times "A real-life story bigger than any Hollywood blockbuster."--Entertainment Weekly "A rattling good read."--Boston Sunday Globe "Brilliant...One of the best books ever written about the history and significance of a natural disaster."--New York Times "The rich and fascinating KRAKATOA confirms [Winchester's] preeminence. Janet Maslin--International Herald Tribune "A good read."--Washington Post Book World "Winchester dramatically delivers...the book is absorbing..."--Daily News "Masterful build-up of literary and geological tension."--The Economist "Supremely well told: a fine exception to the dull run of most geological writing." starred Kirkus Review--Kirkus Review (starred review)
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About Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester has had an award-winning 20 year career as Guardian correspondent. He lives in New York and is the Asia-Pacific Editor for Conde Nast Traveler and contributes to a number of American magazines, as well as the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator and the BBC. He has written numerous books. The River at the Centre of the World (Viking 1997/Penguin 1998) has been shortlisted for the 1998 Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph Travel Book Award.
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14,428 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 27% (3,936)
4 40% (5,829)
3 25% (3,610)
2 6% (829)
1 2% (224)
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