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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
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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 ...
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.
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