A Crack in the Edge of the World

A Crack in the Edge of the World

America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

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In the early morning hours of April 18, 1906, San Francisco was overcome by the violent shocks of an enormous earthquake, registering 8.25 on the Richter scale. The tremors and rumbling, affecting a swathe of California more than 200 miles long, triggered a vast firestorm in the city, effectively destroying the gold rush capital that had stood there for half a century. Simon Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities to this extraordinary event, exploring not only what happened in northern California nearly 100 years ago, but what we have learned since then about the geological underpinnings that caused the earthquake in the first place.

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In the early morning hours of April 18, 1906, San Francisco was overcome by the violent shocks of an enormous earthquake, registering 8.25 on the Richter scale. The tremors and rumbling, affecting a swathe of California more than two hundred miles long, triggered a vast firestorm in the city, effectively destroying the gold rush capital that had stood there for half a century. Simon Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities to this extraordinary event, exploring not only what happened in northern California nearly one hundred years ago, but what we have learned since then about the geological underpinnings that caused the earthquake in the first place.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780792744443
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Normally I enjoy SW books as they are well researched, full of interesting asides...sometimes I get irritated with his tone. Yes, he may be a real brilliant man, but he can sound a bit priggish. Favorite is Mad Man & Professor.

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I LOVED this book! The combination of science and history kept me riveted, and the author's reading was terrific.

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