Synopses & Reviews
On 27th August 1883 the most terrifying volcanic eruption occurred on the island of Krakatoa, five miles off the western tip of Java. The island was destroyed and almost 40,000 people were killed. The impact was truly global: ships sailing in the Red Sea were covered in ash; barometers went haywire in Washington; stunning sunsets burned over London; immense rafts of pumice floated to Africa. And there would be further, and even more far-reaching effects: the destruction wrought by this volcano would become the catalyst to a bloody uprising of the regions Muslim community against their western colonial masters.
In his wonderfully engaging and inimitable style, Simon Winchester brings to life the drama, the people and the science behind this iconic event. Bursting with anecdotes, illustrations of everything from tidal waves to pepper plants and with a wonderful cast of characters, Krakatoa is the brilliantly vivid story of mans destruction and his ultimate survival.
"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
"Krakatoa is a pleasure from beginning to end." Boston Sunday Globe
"A vivid reconstruction....Supremely well told: a fine exception to the dull run of most geological writing." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"A real-life story bigger than any Hollywood blockbuster." Entertainment Weekly