Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883

Krakatoa The Day the World Exploded August The bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and The Map That Changed the World examines the enduring and world changing effects of the catastrophic eruption off the coast of Java of the ear

  • Title: Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
  • Author: Simon Winchester
  • ISBN: 9780066212852
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and The Map That Changed the World examines the enduring and world changing effects of the catastrophic eruption off the coast of Java of the earth s most dangerous volcano Krakatoa.The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano island of Krakatoa the name has since become a byword for a cataclysmic disaster The bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and The Map That Changed the World examines the enduring and world changing effects of the catastrophic eruption off the coast of Java of the earth s most dangerous volcano Krakatoa.The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano island of Krakatoa the name has since become a byword for a cataclysmic disaster was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event that has only very recently been properly understood, the eruption changed the world in ways than could possibly be imagined Dust swirled round die planet for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid with lurid and unsettling displays of light The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France Barometers in Bogot and Washington, D.C went haywire Bodies were washed up in Zanzibar The 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.Simon Winchester s long experience in the world wandering as well as his knowledge of history and geology give us an entirely new perspective on this fascinating and iconic event as he brings it telling back to life.

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    • Simon Winchester

      Simon Winchester, OBE, is a British writer, journalist and broadcaster who resides in the United States Through his career at The Guardian, Winchester covered numerous significant events including Bloody Sunday and the Watergate Scandal As an author, Simon Winchester has written or contributed to over a dozen nonfiction books and authored one novel, and his articles appear in several travel publications including Cond Nast Traveler, Smithsonian Magazine, and National Geographic In 1969, Winchester joined The Guardian, first as regional correspondent based in Newcastle upon Tyne, but was later assigned to be the Northern Ireland Correspondent Winchester s time in Northern Ireland placed him around several events of The Troubles, including the events of Bloody Sunday and the Belfast Hour of Terror.After leaving Northern Ireland in 1972, Winchester was briefly assigned to Calcutta before becoming The Guardian s American correspondent in Washington, D.C where Winchester covered news ranging from the end of Richard Nixon s administration to the start of Jimmy Carter s presidency In 1982, while working as the Chief Foreign Feature Writer for The Sunday Times, Winchester was on location for the invasion of the Falklands Islands by Argentine forces Suspected of being a spy, Winchester was held as a prisoner in Tierra del Fuego for three months.Winchester s first book, In Holy Terror, was published by Faber and Faber in 1975 The book drew heavily on his first hand experiences during the turmoils in Ulster In 1976, Winchester published his second book, American Heartbeat, which dealt with his personal travels through the American heartland Winchester s third book, Prison Diary, was a recounting of his imprisonment at Tierra del Fuego during the Falklands War and, as noted by Dr Jules Smith, is responsible for his rise to prominence in the United Kingdom Throughout the 1980s and most of the 1990s, Winchester produced several travel books, most of which dealt with Asian and Pacific locations including Korea, Hong Kong, and the Yangtze River.Winchester s first truly successful book was The Professor and the Madman 1998 , published by Penguin UK as The Surgeon of Crowthorne Telling the story of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, the book was a New York Times Best Seller, and Mel Gibson optioned the rights to a film version, likely to be directed by John Boorman.Though Winchester still writes travel books, he has repeated the narrative non fiction form he used in The Professor and the Madman several times, many of which ended in books placed on best sellers lists His 2001 book, The Map that Changed the World, focused on geologist William Smith and was Whichester s second New York Times best seller The year 2003 saw Winchester release another book on the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, The Meaning of Everything, as well as the best selling Krakatoa The Day the World Exploded Winchester followed Krakatoa s volcano with San Francisco s 1906 earthquake in A Crack in the Edge of the World The Man Who Loved China 2008 retells the life of eccentric Cambridge scholar Joseph Needham, who helped to expose China to the western world Winchester s latest book, The Alice Behind Wonderland, was released March 11, 2011 source

    908 thoughts on “Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883

    • Reading Simon Winchester books is a bit like reading a web page. You start in one place, but soon succumb to sundry alluring links. On-line, of course, we are all much likelier to then wander off on yet more linked tangents, but thankfully, in his actual, paper and ink book, Winchester keeps bringing us back to the main page. And a large page it is. One can expect certain things in Simon Winchester books, a wide array of information, from a look at relevant geology, where appropriate, to history [...]

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    • Wow. This has got to be the most out of topic (OOT) book I’ve ever read. It saddens me to only award it two stars. I usually have a soft spot for nonfictions *sigh*Why on earth did I do that? Some of my friends rated it five stars, after all… Here’s a glimpse of my train of thoughts while reading this book. You’ll see why.Beginning:“Yay, finally I get to read this book. A nonfiction about (something major happened in) Indonesia, oh the excitement!*reading the first pages* Hmm ok, spice [...]

    • Simon Winchester could turn your decrepit granny's boring old stories into lively, magical tales. He has a way of putting the reader into the past while making them feel as if the historical subjects he writes about are fresh and very much of the present. Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded is no exception. Though this raging volcano's past exploits in the form of catastrophic explosions can only be guessed at for lack of reliable eyewitnesses aside from its late 1800s eruption, Winchester stil [...]

    • Another masterful book by Simon Winchester. I really enjoyed this one – so much so that I’ve bought a copy for my father for Father’s Day. When I was in Primary School one of my teachers once spoke about Krakatoa. Most of what he said wasn’t true, for instance, he said that the tidal wave went around the world twice. Naturally, the 8 year old me had visions of a huge wall of water drowning the world. Krakatoa was bad, but not quite Biblical. Winchester is a pure delight to read. He has s [...]

    • Over the weekend I read Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883, a book in which Simon Winchester has the gall to make fun of a geographically mistitled film called "Krakatoa, East of Java," while himself failing to provide an adequate map of the region. There are historical maps, there are maps of where the sound of the explosion could be heard, there are numerous diagrams of fault-lines and continental and oceanic plates, and there is even a black-and-white reproduction of a pain [...]

    • Apakah suatu kebanggaan bila sebuah bencana pernah menjadi buah bibir internasional. Belum hilang di benak kita bencana tsunami di Banda Aceh dan sekitarnya yang menelan korban jiwa lebih dari 100.000 jiwa. Oktober 2010 lalu, erupsi Merapi turut menambah catatan bencana terbesar bagi negeri kita ini. Letusan Gunung vulkanik telah lama menjadi langganan bagi wilayah negeri kita. Rekor yang tidak terkalahkan adalah letusan Gunung Toba yang membentuk caldera Danau Toba, serta letusan Gunung Tambora [...]

    • This book starts slowly, but really becomes interesting as the rumbles of Krakatoa become more ominous resulting in several eruptions. Eventually, most of the volcano disappears into the sea. Along with the eruptions, the area suffers a massive tsunami which causes a great loss of life. I've always been fascinated by volcanoes such as Krakatoa and Tambora so this was a good read for me. And with the reappearance of another volcanic cone, Anakrakatoa, presents the possibility of another devastati [...]

    • All gone. Plenty lives lost. That is the story of Krakatoa, only the 5th greatest volcanic explosion in history but probably the loudest. What intrigued me was Winchester’s assertion that this natural disaster was the first world-wide “social media” event. It happened at a time when communication technology enabled the news to be transmitted world-wide in a few hours through undersea telegraph cables. In the Victorian age, science was “sexy” and many amateur science aficionados are fas [...]

    • Entertaining, interesting and tedious (sometimes all at once), Winchester's take on the eruption of Krakatoa and its after effects is a smorgasbord of general geological history, historical re-enactment of the eruption and the end of Dutch colonialism in what is now known as Indonesia. With that said, my three star rating reflects some of my 'cons' with this book. He tends to repeat himself about specific things over and over and the chronology is off-putting (he goes back and forth between befo [...]

    • In Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded Simon Winchester again weaves the subtle magic of telling a factual story with the fascination that is too often reserved for thrillers. Krakatoa is a real life thriller, the most long lastingly impressive volcanic eruption in so many ways and all are explored in this book.First there is the historical element; 1883 when the final eruption occurred is definitely historical, but recent enough that there are a lot of records and eye witness reports to draw f [...]

    • I read this several years ago but remember it clearly. It is a terrific book and moves at a fast clip, The kind of book you can't put down. How an author can create such tension and awe when every reader knows what happened, is beyond me. Wonderful journalism and descriptions which put you in the middle of everything happening to the characters he discusses.

    • This book was pretty good. It did get quite dry at points, and draaaaag on when it did get dry. I did learn a lot more of the history before Krakatoa erupted, which is the vast majority of this book.

    • Alright, I know I scored this with 3 stars, but that is because it is just LONG and DULL in places. This book is about the last great Global event right before the modern era of the industrial revolution. You learn so much and gain such an insight into this event that you can't help but feel smarter. Hell, you feel like you've earned your PhD. in Geology or some anthropological earth science by the time you reach the end of this bad mamma-jamma! If you have a few weeks of your life to waste (pro [...]

    • Krakatoa is a scientific history of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, a volcano located on a small island between Java and Sumatra in what is now Indonesia and what was then the Dutch East Indies. Like all Simon Winchester books, this one takes a long, erratic detour over the course of a couple hundred pages before actually reaching the point. That won't hinder your enjoyment of the book as long as you're not in a hurry, but I thought I should mention it.Winchester studied geology in college, and t [...]

    • when I first saw KRAKATOA some eight or whatever years ago, I flipped through it at the bookstore and thought it unimpressive. hardcovers are what, $25 these days, and if you think about it, that's four or five movies (depending on the theatre/ netflix or blockbuster) or it's a lobster dinner or its a night's stay at a guesthouse in bali or singapore. don't underestimate the power of $25 ! since that time, I've now read 7 full Simon Winchester books and have a copy of one or two more buried some [...]

    • Krakatoa. Krakatoa! Krakatoa.Simon Winchester does it again. He lured me into purchasing this book because of the subject itself the monstrous volcanic explosion that became the byword for catastrophe. And once again, Winchester let me down. The man does his homework, he gets the research done, and he has his facts in line. But. He. Is. Boring.How can a book about a volcano that obliterated an island and launched a massive killer tsunami be dull? I mean, Charlton Heston should be running through [...]

    • On August 27, 1883, an immense volcano on an island in the Sunda Straits of immense archipelago that was the Dutch East Indies (now called Indonesia) annihilated itself in an explosion that changed the world. Thousands of people in the vicinity of the volcano died right there; many more were made homeless and destitute as a result of it. The shock wave from that titanic explosion manifested as atmospheric pressure waves -- sound waves -- heard thousands of miles away, and the disaster was follow [...]

    • I really wanted this book to be better than it was. While it has a lot of factual information about Krakatoa, it tells the tale with a number of sidetracks and blind alleys rather than in a linear fashion. At many points, it's hard to tell whether the author is relating something that happened before, during, or after the explosion.And, unfortunately, the explosion itself is a very small portion of the book. Winchester dedicates 64 pages to explaining the origins of continental drift theory. Why [...]

    • Dependable historical story telling can be a dry glass in a desert for many readers. Winchester is a very fine writer, fine to the point of absurdum with descriptions that sometime take him down a path that does not always work on the written page. Having heard him speak and listened to his reading of his works it both pushes my rating of this back to 3 stars and down to 3 stars at the same time.Nothing is left out it seems from this story, but where detail and richness of information is lacking [...]

    • This is a work of non-fiction about one of the hugest volcanic eruptions that has ever happened since there were humans on the planet. Krakatoa (between Java and Sumatra in Indonesia) erupted in 1883, a massive explosion that could be heard in Mauritius - 3000 kilometers away! The eruption and the resulting tidal wave killed 35000 people and it threw so much volcanic dust into the atmosphere that there were amazing sunsets for three years after the eruption.I found the book fascinating. The writ [...]

    • A lot of the reviews I've read for this book criticize Winchester for being, well, slow. Slow to get to the action, or whatever.Well, this isn't that kind of book. Though it's written of a Hollywood blockbuster event, this isn't popular fiction. It's a scientist's approach to a worldwide calamity, and as a result of that, Winchester earns the right to be a bit slow and methodical, delving into the significance of Indonesia in the science of evolution and how the science of plate tectonics plays [...]

    • Informative book on an interesting subject, but way too padded with tangential subjects, like spice trade, Dutch colonialism, tectonic plate science history, Islamic revolution in Indonesia, etc. Understandably, all of these are important to see the big picture of Krakatoa's role in political, cultural, and economic histories of the geographical area, but these digressions are often distracting. The actual meat of the book is lean and spread out thin, which makes it quite easy to put the book as [...]

    • Parts of this book had the potential to be boring, particularly some of geological data, but the material is presented in such an engaging manner as to hold the reader's interest throughout. Hell, I even found the acknowledgements interesting! All you will ever need to know about the eruption of Krakatoa contained in one easy volume!

    • An interesting read. Very informative, although sometimes repetitive. I would say that anyone who has an interest in the topic would really enjoy this book!

    • You’ve heard of the island-volcano Krakatoa, right? Exploded in 1883 off the coast of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia? Well, if not, buckle your seat belt because I’m about to get my geek on. Krakatoa was the largest recorded volcanic explosion in history, killing 36,000 people and sending so much ash and pumice into the stratosphere–miles above the surface of the earth–that it blocked out the sun for years causing the earth’s temperature to cool by several degrees (as recorded in polar [...]

    • This is not just about that famous volcano, Krakatoa, in Indonesia [near Java and Sumatra:]. The book consumed almost 400 pages because it likewise dealt with topics related to the volcano, and volcanoes in general.There were chapters about spices and the spice trade. Spices are the in thing at that time, and the area where Krakatoa was was where most of the spices were harvested at that time. Naturally, the Europeans competed with each other in this spice trade and somehow it was the Dutch who [...]

    • What I like about this book is that it's not just volcanism or the history of one location. Like a huge jigsaw puzzle, the tale brings together all the colonisation and advances in science that were happening right then, right there, and connecting the world more swiftly and thoroughly than ever. From the naturalists who were discovering continental drift theory as a way of accounting for different flora and fauna on different islands in one archipelago, to understanding magma chambers under vol [...]

    • Book on CD read by the author.3.5*** On August 27, 1883 the volcano Krakatoa exploded in a cataclysmic eruption that literally annihilated the island. The explosion resulted in more deaths than any other natural disaster – over 36,000 people lost their lives (most due to the resultant tsunami). This is a natural history of the island, the geological forces that led to its formation, destruction and rebirth, and the aftermath of that event. The enormous magnitude of this eruption is hard to ima [...]

    • On August 27, 1883, the volcanic island of Krakatoa, located in the Sundra Straits in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), exploded. The explosion, devastation, tsunamis, and shock waves killed almost 40,000 people and affected the entire world. Shock waves were detected around the world and high sea waves hit the shores of France and the English Channel. Dust that was hurled miles into the atmosphere from the explosion of the volcano kept full sunlight from reaching the earth, causing global [...]

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