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

Paperback | March 31, 2009

byNicholas Shrady

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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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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 anni...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:March 31, 2009Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143114603

ISBN - 13:9780143114604

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Relevant! Amazing! Awesome overview of Lisbon's history as the November 1, 1755 earthquake destroyed the city and impacted the European Enlightenment and reshaped urban planning for centuries to come. The second half of the book highlights the leadership of the Portuguese authorities in rebuilding Lisbon and launching the precursor to disaster management. Awesome book, quick read with amazing archival photos.
Date published: 2012-04-17

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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