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Krakatoa : The Day the World Exploded, 27 August 1883

Krakatoa : The Day the World Exploded, 27 August 1883

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Simon Winchester
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • Publication date: 2003
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Weight: 0.54 kg Note that the actual book cover may differ from the picture

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.

Winchester examines the annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa, which was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people. Effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France, and the sound of the island's destruction—per Winchester—could be heard as far away as Australia and India.