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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 Paperback – 3 Jun 2004

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (3 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141005173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141005171
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Krakatoa is a pleasure from beginning to end." -- Boston Sunday Globe "A rattling good read." -- Boston Sunday Globe "A good read." -- Washington Post Book World A good read. --Washington Post Book World Masterful build-up of literary and geological tension. --The Economist A rattling good read. --Boston Sunday Globe Winchester s exceptional attention to detail never falters. --San Francisco Chronicle Supremely well told: a fine exception to the dull run of most geological writing. starred Kirkus Review--Kirkus Review (starred review) A real-life story bigger than any Hollywood blockbuster. --Entertainment Weekly Winchester...is noted for his ability to turn scholarly history into engrossing narrative. --Chicago Sun-Times Winchester scores. (byline Baltimore Sun, printed in Pittsburg Post-Gazette)--Baltimore Sun Brilliant...One of the best books ever written about the history and significance of a natural disaster. --New York Times Winchester once again demonstrates a keen knack for balancing rich and often rigorous historical detail with dramatic tension and storytelling. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) Krakatoa is a pleasure from beginning to end. --Boston Sunday Globe Winchester dramatically delivers...the book is absorbing... --Daily News The rich and fascinating KRAKATOA confirms [Winchester s] preeminence. Janet Maslin--International Herald Tribune "Winchester's exceptional attention to detail never falters."--San Francisco Chronicle "Krakatoa is a pleasure from beginning to end."--Boston Sunday Globe "Winchester scores." (byline Baltimore Sun, printed in Pittsburg Post-Gazette)--Baltimore Sun "Winchester once again demonstrates a keen knack for balancing rich and often rigorous historical detail with dramatic tension and storytelling."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Winchester...is noted for his ability to turn scholarly history into engrossing narrative."--Chicago Sun-Times "A real-life story bigger than any Hollywood blockbuster."--Entertainment Weekly "A rattling good read."--Boston Sunday Globe "Brilliant...One of the best books ever written about the history and significance of a natural disaster."--New York Times "The rich and fascinating KRAKATOA confirms [Winchester's] preeminence. Janet Maslin--International Herald Tribune "A good read."--Washington Post Book World "Winchester dramatically delivers...the book is absorbing..."--Daily News "Masterful build-up of literary and geological tension."--The Economist "Supremely well told: a fine exception to the dull run of most geological writing." starred Kirkus Review--Kirkus Review (starred review)

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In August 1883 there was a series of volcanic eruptions on the island of Krakatoa - these were so extreme that the effects were heard and felt over ten per cent of the Earth's surface. This text uses contemporary reports to recount the events leading up to and following the cataclysm.

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