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

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Krakatoa is the eloquent narrative of the cataclysmic destruction in 1883 of the volcanic island of the same name. Killing nearly 40,000 people (mostly from the resultant tsunamis), this violent eruption was "the most violent explosion ever recorded and experienced by modern man." With his flair for conveying considerable detail in dramatic storyteller fashion, Winchester once again exhibits his great talent for recounting an episode in history that keeps readers fixed to the page.
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"As with Winchester's other books, Krakatoa overflows with rich characters and vivid landscapes. His well-established love of words and etymologies enlivens descriptions and makes the familiar seem new....Winchester has created a lush, rich book which — forgive the cliché — vividly captures a bygone era." Doug Brown, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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The bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and The Map That Changed the World examines the enduring and world-changing effects of the catastrophic eruption off the coast of Java of the earth's most dangerous volcano — Krakatoa.

The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa — the name has since become a byword for a cataclysmic disaster — was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event that has only very recently been properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. Dust swirled round die planet for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid with lurid and unsettling displays of light. The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France. Barometers in Bogotá 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.

Simon Winchester's long experience in the world wandering as well as his knowledge of history and geology give us an entirely new perspective on this fascinating and iconic event as he brings it telling back to life.

Review:

"It is thrilling, comprehensive, literate, meticulously researched and scientifically accurate; it is one of the best books ever written about the history and significance of a natural disaster." The New York Times

Review:

"Part history, scientific detective story and travelogue, with all the storytelling zeal of his bestselling The Map that Changed the World?With an eye for the smallest detail and a solid understanding of geology?[T]his is a good read for anyone interested in Indonesia, geology or earthshaking catastrophes." Valerie Jablow, The Washington Post

Review:

"A lesser writer would have trouble juggling such diverse topics as the seventeenth-century pepper trade, nineteenth-century Islamic nationalism and the geological processes that cause continents to drift and collide, but Winchester uses the disaster, which became a worldwide media event, to incorporate these stories (and many others into one mightily fascinating book." Eric Wargo, Book Magazine

Review:

"Like the volcano, his story takes its time in building force, but it steadily gathers strength while giving the reader a crash course in tectonic theory, continental drift, volcanism, and other elemental matters....Moreover, he adds, the explosion caused a wave of anti-Western violence in predominantly Muslim Indonesia, perhaps contributing to the eventual expulsion of the Dutch colonialists from the islands....Supremely well told." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Because of the spread of the telegraph...the news of Krakatoa spread nearly instantly around the globe. For the first time the whole human race could experience a historic event simultaneously through newspapers and word of mouth. This changed the way people conceived of their world?Krakatoa, in a very real sense, marks the beginning of the global village....a pleasure from beginning to end." John Steele Gordon, Boston Globe

Book News Annotation:

In this first US edition, the author of the The Map That Changed the World portrays the 19th-century eruption of a Javanese volcano that still has global repercussions in both historical and scientific contexts. The book includes maps and other illustrations. Published in Great Britain by Viking, 2003.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa. Those books were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006, Mr. Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by her Majesty the Queen. He lives in Manhattan and in western Massachusetts.

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Gold Gato, May 17, 2013 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
Simon Winchester does it again. He lured me into purchasing this book because of the subject itself... the monstrous volcanic explosion that became the byword for catastrophe. And once again, Winchester let me down. The man does his homework, he gets the research done, and he has his facts in line.

But. He. Is. Boring.

How can a book about a volcano that obliterated an island and launched a massive killer tsunami be dull? I mean, Charlton Heston should be running through the pages or something. The reader should be cowering beneath the bedsheets with a flashlight, terrified of what might erupt from the next page to be turned. We're talking about a disaster that lifted a SHIP and carried it into the jungle, where it rested with its entombed sailors for decades. Wow.

But. He. Is. Boring.

Three stars for excellent research and factual knowledge, but a finger puppet re-enactment would be more thrilling.

Book Season = Summer (never turn your back on the sea)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780066212852
Subtitle:
The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
Author:
Winchester, Simon
Author:
by Simon Winchester
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Volcanoes
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
Krakatoa
Subject:
Earth Sciences - General
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geology
Subject:
Earthquakes & Volcanoes
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Krakatoa (Indonesia) - History
Subject:
Volcanoes - Indonesia - History -
Subject:
World History-Southeast Asia
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
no. 272
Publication Date:
20030401
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.05 in 21.12 oz

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Product details 432 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780066212852 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Krakatoa is the eloquent narrative of the cataclysmic destruction in 1883 of the volcanic island of the same name. Killing nearly 40,000 people (mostly from the resultant tsunamis), this violent eruption was "the most violent explosion ever recorded and experienced by modern man." With his flair for conveying considerable detail in dramatic storyteller fashion, Winchester once again exhibits his great talent for recounting an episode in history that keeps readers fixed to the page.

"Review A Day" by , "As with Winchester's other books, Krakatoa overflows with rich characters and vivid landscapes. His well-established love of words and etymologies enlivens descriptions and makes the familiar seem new....Winchester has created a lush, rich book which — forgive the cliché — vividly captures a bygone era." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "It is thrilling, comprehensive, literate, meticulously researched and scientifically accurate; it is one of the best books ever written about the history and significance of a natural disaster."
"Review" by , "Part history, scientific detective story and travelogue, with all the storytelling zeal of his bestselling The Map that Changed the World?With an eye for the smallest detail and a solid understanding of geology?[T]his is a good read for anyone interested in Indonesia, geology or earthshaking catastrophes."
"Review" by , "A lesser writer would have trouble juggling such diverse topics as the seventeenth-century pepper trade, nineteenth-century Islamic nationalism and the geological processes that cause continents to drift and collide, but Winchester uses the disaster, which became a worldwide media event, to incorporate these stories (and many others into one mightily fascinating book."
"Review" by , "Like the volcano, his story takes its time in building force, but it steadily gathers strength while giving the reader a crash course in tectonic theory, continental drift, volcanism, and other elemental matters....Moreover, he adds, the explosion caused a wave of anti-Western violence in predominantly Muslim Indonesia, perhaps contributing to the eventual expulsion of the Dutch colonialists from the islands....Supremely well told."
"Review" by , "Because of the spread of the telegraph...the news of Krakatoa spread nearly instantly around the globe. For the first time the whole human race could experience a historic event simultaneously through newspapers and word of mouth. This changed the way people conceived of their world?Krakatoa, in a very real sense, marks the beginning of the global village....a pleasure from beginning to end."
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