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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,513 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Winchester Narrator: Simon Winchester Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The international best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion. Simon Winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force.

In the early morning hours of April 18, 1906, San Francisco and a string of other towns were overcome by an earthquake registering 8.25 on the Richter scale, resulting from a rupture in the San Andreas fault. Lasting little more than a minute, the earthquake wrecked 490 blocks, toppled a total of 25,000 buildings, broke open gas mains, cut off electric power lines, and effectively destroyed the gold rush capital that had stood there for a half century.

Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities, as well as his unique understanding of geology, to this extraordinary event, exploring not only what happened in northern California in 1906 but what we have learned since about the geological underpinnings that caused the earthquake in the first place. A Crack in the Edge of the World is the definitive account of the San Francisco earthquake and a fascinating exploration of a legendary event that changed the way we look at the planet on which we live.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christine | 2/11/2014

    " I really love the way Simon Winchester writes a book. He gives you tons of background on whatever subject he's writing about--in this case, it's plate tectonics, the movement of the earth, and how the West was formed, in addition to the founding of San Francisco. Some may quibble that the actual event, namely the Earthquake of 1906, doesn't get much attention. Well, that is sort of true, but you can't understand the event if you don't understand the background. I'll pick up anything this man writes! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joanne | 2/4/2014

    " This is my current book on CD. I am learning all about Lee's stomping grounds and getting a history lesson as well. This book is really fascinating because you get the history of earthquakes and A LOT of geology along with everything about the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pam Curtis | 1/26/2014

    " Although this book told me more than I really wanted to know about the geology of California and the notorious San Andreas Fault, Winchester does a brilliant job of describing the earthquake and fire of 1906 and the effects this disaster had on the Bay Area. As a former Californian who lived near that fault for many years, I was interested in the story and laughed out loud several times at the strange facts and tales that Winchester's research disclosed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jen | 1/10/2014

    " Three bazillion details, but I stayed until the end. Good read. "

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