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Krakatoa : the day the world exploded, 27 August 1883

By: Winchester, Simon

0141005173 / 9780141005171
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20 cm xiii, 432 p. : ill.
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Viking, 2003.

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 Wegener, the crack-pot German explorer and father of geology.

In breathtaking detail he describes how one island and its inhabitants were blasted out of existence and how colonial society was turned upside-down in a cataclysm whose echoes are still felt to this day.


1FMN Indonesia, 3JH c 1800 to c 1900, HBJF Asian history, HBLL Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, JFFC Social impact of disasters, WNW The Earth: natural history general

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