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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883

oceanlover, March 3, 2011

You have to really appreciate the historical research that goes into creating a book like this. Digging out the facts that make both the story elements and the scientific elements work. Winchester's efforts show in a very readable book that also is very informative. A very enjoyable read.
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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

oceanlover, March 3, 2011

This book won the Pulitzer prize for a reason. It so nicely explains out how the geography (and climate) of the Earth determined where civilizations would develop that it is a joy to read. You literally find yourself saying, "that makes so much sense". And the details of how it all began in Africa (and also probably in China) and then spread to the rest of the world, and the role played by domesticatable animals and plants that could be farmed are fascinating. A great read.
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Power of the Sea (Macsci) by Bruce Parker
Power of the Sea (Macsci)

oceanlover, March 3, 2011

What a pleasant surprise! I bought this after seeing it pop up when I was looking at "The Wave" (another book I enjoyed). The two books couldn't be more different, but both were great in their own way. The stories of marine disasters described in "The Power of the Sea" were stirring and even quite moving. (It includes the best thing I have read about the 2004 Indian Ocean tsuami.) And the stories about how scientists and mariners slowly began to learn how to predict these natural disasters were just as interesting. A great deal of ocean science (actually ocean physics) is explained here, but because it is done as part of the stories it is nothing like a text book (maybe one or two places it does get a little heavy, but even those places were very readable). There were even some great World War 2 stories that I had never heard of before. Reading this book opened up a whole new world to me. I can now really appreciate both the intelligence and the determination of the scientists who have worked on this over the centuries. Really great read!
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