Synopses & Reviews
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.
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 Wegner, the crack-pot German explorer and father of geology.
The story behind one of the greatest volcanic eruptions of modern times. It was an international besteller in hardback, receiving huge critical acclaim. Winchester's previous books include "The Map That Changed The World" which sold over 140,000 copies, and "The Surgeon Of Crowthorne" which sold over 250,000 copies. National press advertising on publication. "Bracing apocalyptic stuff: atmospheric, chock-full of information and with a constantly escalating sense of pace and tension" "Sunday Telegraph"