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A Crack in the Edge of the World - Simon Winchester
A Crack in the Edge of the World
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Unleashed by ancient geologic forces, a magnitude 8.25 earthquake rocked San Francisco in the early hours of April 18, 1906. Less than a minute later, the city lay in ruins. Bestselling author Simon Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities to this extraordinary event, exploring the... show more
Unleashed by ancient geologic forces, a magnitude 8.25 earthquake rocked San Francisco in the early hours of April 18, 1906. Less than a minute later, the city lay in ruins. Bestselling author Simon Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities to this extraordinary event, exploring the legendary earthquake and fires that spread horror across San Francisco and northern California in 1906 as well as its startling impact on American history and, just as important, what science has recently revealed about the fascinating subterranean processes that produced it—and almost certainly will cause it to strike again.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780060572006 (0060572000)
ASIN: 60572000
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 512
Edition language: English
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spoko
spoko rated it
An interesting book, though perhaps not as compelling as it might have been. Winchester seems to vacillate a bit between wanting to write a technical book on the geothermal workings of the planet and wanting instead to write a narrative history populated by individual people who witnessed or were af...
teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
1.0 Classic example of why authors need editors.
I was excited to read this book to help knock off another challenge (as well as to whittle down my reading list) by reading about...EARTHQUAKES! Exciting, right? I was intrigued by the story of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and thought this would be an excellent book to read. It's been awhile si...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
5.0 This subject comes alive with the brilliance of his pen!
Simon Winchester has elevated the language of science to the language of poetry. His eloquence will hold the attention of and also captivate the reader with his brilliant explanation of the formation of the earth, the ocean floor, the plates that shift and slide to wreak havoc or as he might say cau...
debnance
debnance rated it
3.0 A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906
What better book to read while on a trip to San Francisco than this one? A Crack in the Edge of the World tells the tale of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. The fires that started just shortly after the earthquake exacerbated the devastation the earthquake created. It took three days for ...
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