Simon Winchester, New
York Times bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman,
examines the legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa,
which was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand
people. The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France.
Barometers in Bogotá and Washington, DC, went haywire. Bodies washed up in Zanzibar.
The sound of the island’s destruction was heard in Australia and India and on
islands thousands of miles away. Most significant of all—in view of today’s new
political climate—the eruption helped to trigger in Java a wave of murderous
anti-Western militancy among fundamentalist Muslims, one of the first outbreaks
of Islamic-inspired killings anywhere.
Krakatoa gives us an entirely new perspective on this
fascinating and iconic event.
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