Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883

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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883

by Simon Winchester

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | June 23, 2005 | Trade 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 Bogotá 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.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.22 in

Published: June 23, 2005

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060838590

ISBN - 13: 9780060838591

Found in: History

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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883

by Simon Winchester

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.22 in

Published: June 23, 2005

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060838590

ISBN - 13: 9780060838591

From the Publisher

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 Bogotá 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.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

About the Author

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, includingThe Professor and the Madman,Atlantic,The Man Who Loved China,A Crack in the Edge of the World, andKrakatoa. In 2006, Mr. Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He lives in western Massachusetts.

Editorial Reviews

“[Winchester] has written a melange of history, science and travelogue that provides a compelling overview of the eruption’s context, origins and consequences.” (Miami Herald)