A Crack In The Edge Of The World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

Paperback | October 10, 2006

bySimon Winchester

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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 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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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...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.15 inPublished:October 10, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060572000

ISBN - 13:9780060572006

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read I actually bought this book several years ago but didn't get around to reading it till a few days ago! It was a fascinacting, informative read and a must read for anyone interested in the inner workings of our planet.
Date published: 2011-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Shocking Good Read! Read this book in a few days because it was so good. Simon Winchester recounts the 1906 San Francisco earthquake that led to a better understanding of plate tectonics, Richter scales and the causes / aftermath of one of the 20th centuries greatest disasters. San Fran's tale is told from a small settlement to an overnight bustling city with the advent of the 1849 Gold Rush followed by decline after the big quake in 1906. The City by the Bay may be a beautiful but it also is a place where Mother Nature will get revenge once more as the San Andreas Fault will shake from the friction caused by the Pacific and the North American plates. Great book for lovers of natural science!
Date published: 2009-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting, knowledgeable, fascinating. My third book from Simon Winchester and by far the most enjoyable. He takes you on an epic journey full of well researched little known facts. Although very thorough, detailed and factual, the author keeps things personal with his own adventures and the amazing people he writes about who were there at the time. I heartily recommend "A Crack in the Edge of the World" to anyone with an interest in history, geography, geology, travel, people, our planet, well just about anybody. Be warned Mr. Winchester can write some very long paragraphs. I've also read "The Map that Changed the World" and "Krakatoa". Both are also very well researched and factual but still retain a human element.
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