From the bestselling author of "The Professor and the Madman" and "The Map That Changed the World" comes an examination of the enduring and world ...Show synopsisFrom the bestselling author of "The Professor and the Madman" and "The Map That Changed the World" comes an examination of the enduring and world-changing effects of the catastrophic eruption off the coast of Java of the world's most dangerous volcano--Krakatoa. 50 line drawings.Hide synopsis
Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1st Harper Perennial Ed
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The massive Krakatoa eruption (located WEST of Java) was the first eruption to be recorded scientifically around the world, using the scientific instruments available at the time. Because of the telegraph and newspapers, the accounts of horrified eyewitnesses were reported virtually in real time. It was a fascinating book that documented the astonishing impact that Krakatoa's eruption had on the world: geographical, topographical, meteorological, social, political, economic, and even artistic -- because of the memorable watercolor paintings by a London artist, who painted the spectacular, technicolor sunsets created by the volcanic ash. A must-read for anyone interested in volcanology, tsunamis, and earthquakes; a good read for everyone else.
This is a good example of fact being more interesting than fiction.
Mr. Winchester weaves history of the Polynesian Islands with tales of the Spice Trade, and geology with daring (and stupid) exploits of Western trade and exploration with good explanations of the local cultures.
It is another very pointed fact that nature can outwit all man's greatest endeavors.
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