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Krakatoa The Day the World Exploded Simon Winchesters brilliant chronicle of the destruction of the Indonesian island of Krakatoa in 1883 charts the birth of our modern world. He tells the story of the unrecognized genius who beat Darwin to the discovery of evolution of Samuel Morse his code and how rubber allowed the world to talk of Alfred Wegener the crack-pot German explorer and father of geology. In breathtaking detail he describes how one island and its inhabitants were blasted out of existence and how colonial society was turned upside-down in a cataclysm whose echoes are still felt to this day. Read more
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Fascinating but meandering
There are some amazing passages to this book and it highlights aspects of the eruption -- or history around the eruption
Excellent revised and updated version would be even better.
I enjoyed reading it. However there are some clear scientific errors in the figures and figure captions e.g. location na
A great context of what’s going on in the 1880s
Came for the Krakatoa story stayed for the brilliant history of Indonesia the evolution of biology and the progress of v
Quite Good
The story of Krakatoa fascinates us over 130 after its eruption and does so for good reason. Volcanoes and earthquakes a

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