The Last Day: Wrath, Ruin, And Reason In The Great Lisbon Earthquake Of 1755 by Nicholas Shrady

The Last Day: Wrath, Ruin, And Reason In The Great Lisbon Earthquake Of 1755

byNicholas Shrady

Paperback | March 31, 2009

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The Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 was no run-of-the-mill misfortune-it was a watershed moment that shook the pillars of an inveterate social order and sent reverberations throughout the Western world. Earth, water, wind, and fire all conspired to produce a hellish catastrophe that lasted for a full five days and left Lisbon thoroughly annihilated. Nicholas Shrady's unique account of this first modern disaster and its aftereffects successfully articulates the outcome of the earthquake-the eighteenth-century equivalent of a mass media frenzy giving rise to a host of other fascinating developments, such as disaster preparedness, landmark social reform, urban planning, and the birth of seismology.

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Nicholas Shrady is the author of Sacred Roads: Adventures from the Pilgrimage Trail. His articles have appeared in Architectural Digest, The New York Times Book Review, Travel & Leisure, Forbes, and Town & Country.
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Title:The Last Day: Wrath, Ruin, And Reason In The Great Lisbon Earthquake Of 1755Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:March 31, 2009Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143114603

ISBN - 13:9780143114604

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"Admirable and perfectly paced."
- The New York Sun

"Shrady's account will find the same ready audience that delight's not only in tales of catastrophes but in smart, stylishly written history."
-Publishers Weekly