A crack in the edge of the world : America and the great California earthquake of 1906

Author(s): Winchester, Simon
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Subjects: San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 1st HarperPerennial ed
Published: New York : HarperPerennial, 2006
LC Classification: F
Physical Description: xx, 462, 18 p. ; 21 cm
Notes: ISBN: 0060572000
ISBN: 9780060572006
Contents: Chronicle: a year of living dangerously -- The temporary city -- Chronicle: such almost modern times -- From plate to shining plate -- Chronicle: the state of the golden state -- How the west was made -- The mischief maker -- Chronicle: city of mint and smoke -- Overture: the night before dark -- The savage Interruption -- Ripples on the surface of the pond -- Perspective: ice and fire
Summary: Winchester brings his storytelling abilities, as well as his understanding of geology, to the extraordinary San Francisco Earthquake, exploring not only what happened in northern California in 1906 that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion, but what we have learned since about the geological underpinnings that caused the earthquake. He also positions the quake's significance along the earth's geological timeline and shows the effect it had on the rest of 20th-century California and American history.--From publisher description
OCLC Number: 754877063
ISBN/ISSN: 0060572000
9780060572006