A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester
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.

 

About Simon Winchester

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Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Professor and the Madman, Atlantic, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa. In 2006, he was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Now an American citizen, he resides in western Massachusetts.
 
Published February 5, 2013 by Harper Perennial. 512 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Chinatown was leveled and immigration records burned, leaving city officials with no clear idea of “just who the people were.” Subsequent racist immigration reforms made it difficult for Chinese to enter the United States and had the unanticipated effect of ensuring that only the most clever and ...

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In this brawny page-turner, bestselling writer Winchester (Krakatoa , The Professor and the Madman ) has crafted a magnificent

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Of the San Andreas fault - Winchester calls it "that most infamous darling of seismicity" - he writes, "It should be noted that this plate-on-plate strike-slip zone extends between two 'triple junctions' - places where the two principal plates meet up with two small relict pieces of the old Faral...

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The Long Emergency by James Howard Kunstler (307pp, Atlantic Books, £12.99) The Monster at Our Door: The Global Threat of Avian Flu by Mike Davis (192pp, The New Press, £12.99) A Crack in the Edge of the World: The Great American Earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winchester (412pp, Viking, £16.99) The ...

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Publishers Weekly

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This book benefits from being read by Winchester, who wends his way through multifaceted sentences and make us comfortable with them.

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BC Books

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The San Andreas has not released its tension for a century, and throughout the book Winchester reminds us that the "when" of the Big One is likely to be sooner, rather than later.

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Book Reporter

The great earthquake that virtually leveled San Francisco a century ago next April lasted about two-and-a-half minutes.

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Entertainment Weekly

If there's anyone qualified to write a book about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fires, it's Simon Winchester.

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People

As he moves from Iceland (the plate's eastern edge) to the San Andreas fault, Winchester explores tantalizing bits of current geological thought, including the shape of the continents pre-Pangaea, how Yellow-stone National Park is actually the caldera of an enormous supervolcano, and when Califor...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Dangling the 1906 San Francisco earthquake as a narrative carrot, Winchester leads readers through a crash course in geologic history.

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