The Last Day by Nicholas Shrady
Wrath, Ruin, and Reason in the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755

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The Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 was no run-of-the-mill misfortune-it was a watershed moment that shook the pillars of an inveterate social order and sent reverberations throughout the Western world. Earth, water, wind, and fire all conspired to produce a hellish catastrophe that lasted for a full five days and left Lisbon thoroughly annihilated. Nicholas Shrady's unique account of this first modern disaster and its aftereffects successfully articulates the outcome of the earthquake-the eighteenth-century equivalent of a mass media frenzy giving rise to a host of other fascinating developments, such as disaster preparedness, landmark social reform, urban planning, and the birth of seismology.


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Nicholas Shrady is a writer and journalist whose books include Sacred Roads: Adventures from the Pilgrimage Trail and Tilt: A Skewed History of the Tower of Pisa. He has written for Architectural Digest, Travel & Leisure, Forbes, and The New York Times Book Review.
Published April 10, 2008 by Penguin Books. 256 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Faced with the task of rebuilding, Carvalho embraced the Enlightenment’s new spirit of urban planning, endorsing plans that reflected “the kind of social and economic change that was necessary to rouse Lisbon, and Portugal, from centuries-old slumber.” His reforms ranged from the abolition of sla...

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After being jolted by a massive quake, Lisbon was then pounded by a succession of tidal waves and finally reduced to ash by a fire that raged for five straight days.

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