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A Crack In The Edge Of The World by Simon Winchester
  

A Crack In The Edge Of The World

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The massive earthquake of 1906 in San Francisco is the basis from which Simon Winchester reveals the elemental story of the earth beneath our feet and why the world does from time to time crack open with such devastating results. Interspersed within this is the fascinating story of San Francisco before, during and after the quake. Written with style, wit and grace this book is something special.

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A Crack In The Edge Of The World by Simon Winchester

A burgeoning new city is built on the dreams of the American gold rush. It is also built upon a landscape that has been stretching, sliding and breaking apart for millennia. In 1906 the dreams of this city came crashing down beneath the wave of a horrifying earthquake that turned roads into great rippling rivers, that set buildings ablaze for days on end, that made homes collapse upon themselves. Simon Winchester's breathtaking story delves deep beneath the surface of the earth and explains to us why the world moves as it does, and breaks apart with such devastating results. At the same time he never lets us forget the human story. As he vividly portrays the lives of the people who suffered and survived the devastation he also tells a universal story: the hubris of man as he ignores the warnings of nature and how we respond and try to understand the world around us. Compelling, moving and enlightening, Simon Winchester reveals the world beneath our feet and through the story of this one terrifying event one hundred years ago, begins to make sense of our world now.

About the Author

Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester was born and educated in England, has lived in Africa, India and Asia, and now lives in New York.

Having reported from almost everywhere during an award-winning twenty-year career as a Guardian foreign correspondent, he is currently the Asia-Pacific editor for Condé Nast Traveler and contributes to a number of American magazines, as well as to the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator and the BBC.

Simon Winchester's books include Outposts: Travels to the Remains of the British Empire; Korea: A Walk through the Land of Miracles; The Pacific; Pacific Nightmare, a fictional account of the aftermath of the Hong Kong hand-over; Prison Diary, Argentina, the story of three months spent in a Patagonian jail on spying charges during the Falklands war; The River at the Centre of the World - A Journey Up the Yangtze, Back in Chinese Time, The Surgeon of Crowthorne, The Fracture Zone and The Map That Changed the World.

Photograph © Marion Ettlinger

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Publication date

6th October 2005

Author

Simon Winchester

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Hardback

Categories

The Real World


ISBN

9780670914876

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