Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 (Paperback)

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Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman, examines the legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa, which was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people. The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France. Barometers in Bogota and Washington, D.C., went haywire. Bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. The sound of the island's destruction was heard in Australia and India and on islands thousands of miles away. Most significant of all -- in view of today's new political climate -- the eruption helped to trigger in Java a wave of murderous anti-Western militancy among fundamentalist Muslims, one of the first outbreaks of Islamic-inspired killings anywhere. Krakatoa gives us an entirely new perspective on this fascinating and iconic event.

Praise For…

"Winchester once again demonstrates a keen knack for balancing rich and often rigorous historical detail with dramatic tension and storytelling."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Supremely well told: a fine exception to the dull run of most geological writing." starred Kirkus Review
-Kirkus Review (starred review)

"The rich and fascinating KRAKATOA confirms [Winchester's] preeminence. Janet Maslin
-International Herald Tribune

"Winchester's exceptional attention to detail never falters."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"Winchester scores." (byline Baltimore Sun, printed in Pittsburg Post-Gazette)
-Baltimore Sun

" noted for his ability to turn scholarly history into engrossing narrative."
-Chicago Sun-Times

"A real-life story bigger than any Hollywood blockbuster."
-Entertainment Weekly

"Krakatoa is a pleasure from beginning to end."
-Boston Sunday Globe

"A rattling good read."
-Boston Sunday Globe

"Brilliant...One of the best books ever written about the history and significance of a natural disaster."
-New York Times

"Masterful build-up of literary and geological tension."
-The Economist

"Winchester dramatically delivers...the book is absorbing..."
-Daily News

"A good read."
-Washington Post Book World

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060937362
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: April 1st, 2004
Pages: 448