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A Crack in the Edge of the World CD: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

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The international bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion. Simon Winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force.

In the early morning hours of April 18, 1906, San Francisco and a string of other towns were overcome by an earthquake registering 8.25 on the Richter scale, resulting from a rupture in the San Andreas fault. Lasting little more than a minute, the earthquake wrecked 490 blocks, toppled a total of 25,000 buildings, broke open gas mains, cut off electric power lines, and effectively destroyed the gold rush capital that had stood there for a half century.

Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities — as well as his unique understanding of geology — to this extraordinary event, exploring not only what happened in northern California in 1906 but what we have learned since about the geological underpinnings that caused the earthquake in the first place. A Crack in the Edge of the World is the definitive account of the San Francisco earthquake and a fascinating exploration of a legendary event that changed the way we look at the planet on which we live.

Synopsis:

The international bestselling author of "The Professor and the Madman" and "Krakatoa" takes an adventurous and informative look at earthquakes, focusing on the devastating San Francisco quake of 1906. Abridged. 5 CDs.

About the Author

Simon Winchester was a geologist at Oxford and worked in Africa and on offshore oil rigs before becoming a full-time globe-trotting foreign correspondent and writer. He currently lives on a small farm in the Berkshires in Massachusetts, an apartment in New York's West Village and in the Western Isles of Scotland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060823863
Subtitle:
A Crack in the Edge of the World CD
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Publisher:
HarperAudio
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)
Subject:
Earthquakes & Volcanoes
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Audio
Abridged:
Y
Publication Date:
20051004
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.91x5.19x.79 in. .38 lbs.
Media Run Time:
420

Related Subjects

Audio Books » Nonfiction
Audio Books » World Affairs
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
Science and Mathematics » Geology » Earthquakes and Volcanoes

A Crack in the Edge of the World CD: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906
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"Synopsis" by , The international bestselling author of "The Professor and the Madman" and "Krakatoa" takes an adventurous and informative look at earthquakes, focusing on the devastating San Francisco quake of 1906. Abridged. 5 CDs.

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