Title: Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
Author: Simon Winchester
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 is a combination of history, geology,political science and memoir, all wrapped up into one package. The book focuses around the eruption (explosion, really) of the
The book itself is a bit rambling in it’s course. After a brief introduction, where we learn how and when Winchester became interested in Krakatoa, the book launches into a brief history of the nearby Indonesian islands, principally focusing on the Dutch colonization and establishment of the spice trade in that part of the world. It’s a very cursory overview, but
After the brief history of geology, we go back to Krakatoa,this time to discuss the actual events and their effects. As I said, tsunamis, ash,smoke, fire (cats & dogs, living together, mass hysteria!)…lots of bad things happen when a small island explodes, and
All in all, it’s a pretty interesting book. The amount of information varies a great deal – it seems like there’s much more on the science end than there is on the socio-political end, but I may be misinterpreting that (it’s hard to tell listening to a book, instead of reading it).
Definitely worth the listen, probably worth the read, if you’re interested in semi-obscure historical events.