Krakatoa has ratings and reviews. Will said: Reading Simon Winchester books is a bit like reading a web page. You start in one place, but so.. . Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded is a book by Simon Winchester that covers Winchester examines the annihilation in of the volcano-island of. Krakatoa – The Day The World Exploded: 27 August by Simon Winchester pp, Viking, £ A year ago I reviewed Simon.

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Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author of The Professor and the Madmanexamines the legendary annihilation in 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. Bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. Krakattoa 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.

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Krakatoa gives us an entirely new perspective on this fascinating and iconic event. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.

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The Man Who Loved China: Krakatoa tells the frightening tale of the biggest volcanic eruption in history using a blend of gentle geology and narrative history. Krakatoa erupted at a time when technologies like the telegraph were becoming commonplace and Asian trade routes were being expanded by northern European companies. This bustling colonial backdrop provides an effective canvas for the suspense leading up to August 27th,when the nearby island of Krakatoa would violently vaporize.

Winchester describes the eruption through the eyes of its survivors, and readers will be as horrified and mesmerized as eyewitnesses were as the death toll reached nearly 40, almost all of whom died from tsunamis generated by the unimaginably strong shock waves of the eruption.

Ships were thrown miles inshore, endless rains of hot ash engulfed those towns not drowned by foot waves, and vast rafts of pumice clogged the hot sea. The explosion was heard thousands of miles away, and the eruption’s shock wave traveled around the world seven times.

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But the book’s biggest surprise is not the riveting catalog of the volcano’s effects; rather, it is Winchester’s contention that the Dutch abandonment of their Indonesian colonies after the disaster left local survivors to seek comfort in radical Islam, setting the stage for a volatile future for the region. An erudite, fascinating account by one of the foremost purveyors of contemporary nonfiction, this book chronicles the underlying causes, utter devastation and lasting effects of the cataclysmic eruption of the volcano island Krakatoa in what is now Indonesia.

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Winchester The Professor and the Madman; The Map That Changed the World once again demonstrates a keen knack for balancing rich and often rigorous historical detail with dramatic tension and storytelling. Rather than start with winchster images of the fateful event itself, Winchester takes a broader approach, beginning with his own viewing of the now peaceful remains of the mountain for a second time in a span of winchetser years-and being awed by how much it had grown in that time.

This nod to the earth’s ceaseless rejuvenation informs the entire project, and Winchester uses the first half of the text to carefully explain the discovery and methods of such geological theories as continental drift and plate tectonics. In this way, the vivid descriptions of Krakatoa’s destruction that follow will resonate more completely with readers, who will come to appreciate the awesome powers that were churning beneath the surface before it gave way. And while Winchester graphically illustrates, through eyewitness reports and extant data, the human tragedy and captivating scientific aftershocks winxhester the explosion, he is also clearly intrigued with how it was “a demonstration of the utterly confident way that the world, however badly it has been wounded, picks itself up, continues to unfold its magic and its marvels, and sets itself back on its endless trail of evolutionary progress yet again.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I enjoyed reading it. However, there are some clear scientific errors in the figures and figure captions e.

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Winchesteer have been using this book as a textbook for my class introductory scientific English class at a Japanese university over the past three years, but I had to clarify these errors to students every time we encounter such an error while reading together.

Simkn clarification, I krakatox students if they have spot any mistakes in the figure, caption, paragraph, and so on. We do not discuss grammatical errors or get deep into the controversial topics, though, where it is difficult for undergraduate students to judge the statement is scientifically correct or factual enough.

I do hope Simon Winchester will write and publish an updated version of Krakatoa with these new discoveries as well as citations of similar volcanic disasters with vivid graphic descriptions which the author is exquisite at. The story of Krakatoa fascinates us over after its eruption and does so for good reason. Volcanoes and earthquakes are potent reminders of how little influence we truly have in the face of the forces that govern our home planet.

If a volcano decides to erupt, all any of us can do is to get the hell away as quickly as possible. Besides that, their effects are quite wide ranging. I was over 1, miles away from Mount St. Helens but it’s ash pitted the finish wincgester a new car I had bought scarcely two weeks before.


Compared to Krakatoa, Mount St. Helens was a firecracker. Winchester’s book covers the history of the region, especially as a Dutch colony and gives a good working description of plate tectonics and the history of that discovery. As a technophile I found that quite interesting. Overall, the book is good, but I won’t say perfect. At times it seemed to be a bit slow paced and there were a few times I wondered why the author had chosen to spend so much effort on points that probably needed little coverage.

Overall, nonetheless, it was an interesting read.

The Day the World Exploded is in essence a scientific book, but written in the style of popular science that the general public is able to understand and to enjoy. The book thus takes on a very novel-esque feeling and tone. As someone who does not prefer to read nonfiction books, I personally felt that Krakatoa was an enjoyable read for the three-hundred some krzkatoa that it consisted.

Considering wincnester Krakatoa is able to address the many different aspects of the volcanic eruption that are very little addressed in such an entertaining way, I believe that Krakatoa makes the famous explosion very understandable and approachable, serving as the scientific and historical explanation for the mrakatoa man.

In addition, the book effectively presents qinchester events of August 27, not simply as the majority of people remember it – the catastrophe that slaughtered tens of thousands in one blow – but as a calculated and quantifiable result of plate tectonics as it fits within the contexts of Dutch colonization and trading. Wiinchester historical context is what makes the book unique and truly adds an interesting quality to Winchester’s work.

We were required to do a book review for each of three books, this being the first. Though I am an avid reader, I tend to despise assigned reading. However, this book was well written for its plus pages, and I enjoyed much of it. While it tends to drag at certain points and let’s be honest, what nonfiction book doesn’t? See all reviews.

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