Krakatoa: the Day the World Exploded

Author(s): Simon Winchester

General History

On 27 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; the seas were disturbed in Devon; stunning sunsets burned over London; immense rafts of pumice floated to Africa. In his wonderfully engaging and inimitable style, Simon Winchester brings to life the drama, the people and the science behind this iconic event. He explains how Krakatoa is the key to answering our questions about why mountains explode, how life begins and what happens beneath the earth's surface; and hence why the word 'Krakatoa' has become embedded in the consciousness of the modern world. Simon Winchester's book is the first to truly explain the eruption of Krakatoa. Simon Winchester was born and educated in England, has lived in Africa, India and Asia, and now lives in New York. Having reported from almost everywhere during an award-winning twenty-year career as a Guardian foreign correspondent, he is currently the Asia-Pacific editor for Cond

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  • : 9780670914302
  • : pgnaus
  • : pgnaus
  • : books

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  • : Simon Winchester
  • : Hardback