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A Crack in the Edge of the World

America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 03, 2005 – This book benefits from being read by Winchester, who wends his way through multifaceted sentences and make us comfortable with them. Winchester writes the way he speaks, so one has the feeling of sitting in an audience at a good geology lecture that is particularly pertinent at this moment of history. Then comes a vivid verbal slide show of San Francisco before, during and after the 1906 earthquake, interspersed with fascinating speculation about the social ramifications of particularly destructive natural phenomena. The book is sometimes repetitive (offering 10 examples where three would suffice), but Winchester remains a good storyteller. The interview at the end is a nice idea, but the questions mainly reiterate important aspects of the book including his dire earthquake predictions for San Francisco and many other areas of the globe. Simultaneous release with the HarperCollins hardcover (Reviews, July 18).

Customer Reviews

Get to the Point!

I got about half way through before giving up as it was too painful - author repeatedly uses 50 words when 2 will do. If you are looking for an account of what happened during the earthquake - look elsewhere. If you are looking for a discussion on the latest geological theories behind why the earthquake happened - you may have a winner.

A Crack in the Edge of the World
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: United States
  • Published: Feb 05, 2013
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 512 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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