A Crack in the Edge of the World

America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

Author: Simon Winchester

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062277456

Category: History

Page: 512

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Unleashed by ancient geologic forces, a magnitude 8.25 earthquake rocked San Francisco in the early hours of April 18, 1906. Less than a minute later, the city lay in ruins. Bestselling author Simon Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities to this extraordinary event, exploring the legendary earthquake and fires that spread horror across San Francisco and northern California in 1906 as well as its startling impact on American history and, just as important, what science has recently revealed about the fascinating subterranean processes that produced it—and almost certainly will cause it to strike again.

A Crack in the Edge of the World

America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

Author: Simon Winchester

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060572000

Category: History

Page: 512

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Unleashed by ancient geologic forces, a magnitude 8.25 earthquake rocked San Francisco in the early hours of April 18, 1906. Less than a minute later, the city lay in ruins. Bestselling author Simon Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities to this extraordinary event, exploring the legendary earthquake and fires that spread horror across San Francisco and northern California in 1906 as well as its startling impact on American history and, just as important, what science has recently revealed about the fascinating subterranean processes that produced it—and almost certainly will cause it to strike again.

A Crack in the Edge of the World

America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

Author: Simon Winchester

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9780060571993

Category: History

Page: 462

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An informative exploration of earthquakes places a particular focus on the San Francisco disaster of 1906, describing how it affected more than 200 miles of California, triggered a vast firestorm, and destroyed the gold-rush capital, in an account that reveals the geological underpinnings that caused the earthquake. 400,000 first printing.

Disaster!

The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906

Author: Dan Kurzman

Publisher: G K Hall & Company

ISBN: 9780783897486

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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Drawing on meticulous research and eyewitness accounts, this recreates one of the most horrible events of the 20th century, capturing the fear and madness.

Krakatoa

The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883

Author: Simon Winchester

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062277464

Category: Science

Page: 464

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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, D.C., went haywire. Bodies were 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. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Denial of Disaster

Author: Gladys C. Hansen,Emmet Condon

Publisher: Cameron & Company

ISBN: 9780918684332

Category: Photography

Page: 160

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With beautiful laser scanner duotones and 365 previously unpublished photographs, this is a fascinating study of the "great quake" in San Francisco in 1906--and of the likelihood of a similar quake today.

The Men Who United the States

America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible

Author: Simon Winchester

Publisher: Harper

ISBN: 9780062079602

Category: History

Page: 496

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For more than two centuries, E pluribus unum—"Out of many, one"—has been featured on America's official government seals and stamped on its currency. But how did America become "one nation, indivisible"? In this monumental history, Simon Winchester addresses these questions, bringing together the breathtaking achievements of those American pioneers who helped to forge and unify the new nation, and who toiled fearlessly to bond the citizens and geography of the United States from its very beginnings. This sweeping narrative details how these daring men, some famous, some forgotten, left their mark on America's natural landscapes, through courage, ingenuity, and hard work. Winchester follows the footsteps of America's most crucial innovators, thinkers, and explorers, from Lewis and Clark and the leaders of the Great Surveys of the West to the builders of the first transcontinental railroad and the curmudgeonly civil engineer who oversaw the creation of more than three million miles of highway. Winchester travels across vast swaths of the American landscape, from Pittsburgh to Portland, Seattle to Anchorage, Truckee to Laramie, using the five classical elements—Wood, Earth, Water, Fire, and Metal—to chart the contributions these adventurous leaders made to connect the diverse communities within the United States and ensure the future of the American project begun in 1776. The Men Who United the States is an unforgettable journey of unprecedented scope across time and open spaces, providing a new lens through which to view American history, led by one of our most gifted writers.

Earthquake Exodus, 1906

Berkeley Responds to the San Francisco Refugees

Author: Richard Schwartz,Gray A. Brechin

Publisher: R S B Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 148

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The earthquake that struck at 5:14 a.m. on April 18, 1906, was felt from Coos Bay, Oregon, to Los Angeles and into eastern Nevada. Destruction was unleashed unevenly throughout California from Fresno to Eureka within thirty miles on either side of the newly named San Andreas Fault. People all around the San Francisco Bay felt the quake, but their experiences were remarkably different. Some sensed only mild shaking; others witnessed complete devastation. For tens of thousands, it would be the last time they awoke in their own beds in their own homes.To date, no book has told the story of the city of Berkeley's experience during and after the earthquake, or of its response to the thousands of refugees who poured into Berkeley seeking relief from the ravages thrust upon San Francisco by the quake and subsequent fire.Compared with the earthquake's impact in San Francisco, Berkeley was only moderately rattled. Almost every chimney was knocked down. Many buildings were damaged, and a few were destroyed. Collapsed chimneys, dislodged electrical wires, and flammable substances thrown from shelves ignited fires, but Berkeley firefighters, working efficiently with a plentiful water supply, were able to squelch the flames before they could spread from building to building and engulf sections of town. In the absense of functioning power and telegraph lines, (two-way phones were not a reality yet in Berkeley), Berkeley residents had to ask their neighbors for news of the extent of the disaster. Most stood outside their homes quietly talking about what had occurred and wondering how bad the situation was elsewhere. As they looked west, however, they could see huge, broad plumes of black smoke rising above sections of San Francisco forming massive black clouds slowly drifting towards them by a gentle morning breeze.This sudden firestorm, not the damage from the earthquake, was what ultimately destroyed so much of the city. Along with the spreading flames and choking smoke, San Franciscans were assaulted by dust from collapsed buildings, the sight of dead bodies, and the nearly overwhelming chaos and panic. When word spread that Berkeley and other East Bay towns were safe havens, they fled to ferry terminals and train stations, seeking a way across the bay.Within hours of the quake, before the San Francisco refugees arrived in numbers, Berkeley residents came together and began to prepare for what would be an unprecedented wave of stricken, exhausted refugees. Berkeley's relief assistance was notable for a number of reasons. It was conceived and run by ordinary citizen volunteers who did not wait for the government to take the initiative. Their efforts were extraordinarily well organized and took advantage of scientific and military principles and procedures that many Berkeley residents had backrounds in. The entire town--individuals, businesses, fraternal and religious organizations, and the university--mobilized in a concerted way and opened their homes and financial resources, along with their hearts, to the refugees.The relief effort lasted only about ten weeks. By the time it was over, refugees had established themselves as new Berkeley residents, found homes or employment elsewhere, or returned to San Francisco. Despite the brevity of the relief period, it had a lasting impact on both Berkeley and San Francisco. The story of both the refugees who fled to Berkeley and the Berkeleyans who met them with open arms has been neglected by history. Earthquake Exodus, 1906 tells their story, accompanied by many photographs, a number of them published for the first time. My hope is that this book not only offers insight about Berkeley's and San Francisco refugee's experience of the 1906 earthquake, but also inspires us to react to future tragedies with the same compassion and determination displayed by citizens a century ago.Richard Schwartz

The Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906

How San Francisco Nearly Destroyed Itself

Author: Philip L. Fradkin

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520230606

Category: History

Page: 418

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"In this well-researched book, Fradkin contends that it was the people of San Francisco, not the forces of nature, who were responsible for the extent of the destruction and death."--"Booklist."

Algiers, Third World Capital

Freedom Fighters, Revolutionaries, Black Panthers

Author: Elaine Mokhtefi

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 178873002X

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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A fascinating portrait of life with the Black Panthers in Algiers: a story of liberation and radical politics Following the Algerian war for independence and the defeat of France in 1962, Algiers became the liberation capital of the Third World. Here, Elaine Mokhtefi, a young American woman who had become involved in the struggle and worked with leaders of the Algerian Revolution, including Frantz Fanon, found a home. As journalist and translator, she lived among guerillas, revolutionaries, exiles and visionaries, was even present in the groundbreaking The Battle of Algiers. Mokhtefi crossed paths with some of the era's brightest stars: Stokely Carmichael, Timothy Leary, Ahmed Ben Bella, Jomo Kenyatta and the Black Panther, Eldridge Cleaver. She was instrumental in the establishment of the International Section of the Black Panther Party in Algiers and was close at hand as the group became involved in intrigue, murder and international hijackings. She traveled for and with the Panthers; she organized Cleaver's clandestine departure for France. Algiers is an unforgettable story of an era of passion and promise.

Richter's Scale

Measure of an Earthquake, Measure of a Man

Author: Susan Elizabeth Hough

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400884446

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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By developing the scale that bears his name, Charles Richter not only invented the concept of magnitude as a measure of earthquake size, he turned himself into nothing less than a household word. He remains the only seismologist whose name anyone outside of narrow scientific circles would likely recognize. Yet few understand the Richter scale itself, and even fewer have ever understood the man. Drawing on the wealth of papers Richter left behind, as well as dozens of interviews with his family and colleagues, Susan Hough takes the reader deep into Richter's complex life story, setting it in the context of his family and interpersonal attachments, his academic career, and the history of seismology. Among his colleagues Richter was known as intensely private, passionately interested in earthquakes, and iconoclastic. He was an avid nudist, seismologists tell each other with a grin; he dabbled in poetry. He was a publicity hound, some suggest, and more famous than he deserved to be. But even his closest associates were unaware that he struggled to reconcile an intense and abiding need for artistic expression with his scientific interests, or that his apparently strained relationship with his wife was more unconventional but also stronger than they knew. Moreover, they never realized that his well-known foibles might even have been the consequence of a profound neurological disorder. In this biography, Susan Hough artfully interweaves the stories of Richter's life with the history of earthquake exploration and seismology. In doing so, she illuminates the world of earth science for the lay reader, much as Sylvia Nasar brought the world of mathematics alive in A Beautiful Mind.

San Francisco Is Burning

The Untold Story of the 1906 Earthquake and Fires

Author: Dennis Smith

Publisher: Plume Books

ISBN: 9780452287594

Category: History

Page: 294

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A detailed account of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake reveals how hasty and corrupt construction practices made the city more vulnerable to damage and relates the experiences of such survivors as a naval officer who helped save the city's piers and wharves, unscrupulous mayor Eugene Schmitz, and erudite city boss Abe Ruef. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.

A Crack in the Edge of the World

The Great American Earthquake of 1906

Author: Simon Winchester

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141016345

Category: History

Page: 464

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A burgeoning new city is built on the dreams of the American gold rush. It is also built upon a landscape that has been stretching, sliding and breaking apart for millennia. In 1906 the dreams of this city came crashing down beneath the rippling wave of a horrifying earthquake that turned roads into great rippling rivers, that set buildings ablaze for days on end, that made homes collapse upon themselves. Simon Winchester�s breathtaking story delves deep beneath the surface of the earth and explains to us why the world moves as it does; and breaks apart with such devastating results. At the same time he never lets us forget the human story: what happened in this new, seemingly blessed city on the 18th April 1906. As he vividly portrays the lives of the people who suffered and survived the devastation he also tells a universal story: the hubris of man as he ignores the warnings of nature and how we respond and try to understand the world around us. Compelling, moving and enlightening, Simon Winchester brings to light the world beneath our feet and through the story of this one terrifying event one hundred years ago, begins to make sense of our world now.

The Earthquake Observers

Disaster Science from Lisbon to Richter

Author: Deborah R. Coen

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226111830

Category: History

Page: 368

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Earthquakes have taught us much about our planet’s hidden structure and the forces that have shaped it. This knowledge rests not only on the recordings of seismographs but also on the observations of eyewitnesses to destruction. During the nineteenth century, a scientific description of an earthquake was built of stories—stories from as many people in as many situations as possible. Sometimes their stories told of fear and devastation, sometimes of wonder and excitement. In The Earthquake Observers, Deborah R. Coen acquaints readers not only with the century’s most eloquent seismic commentators, including Alexander von Humboldt, Charles Darwin, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Karl Kraus, Ernst Mach, John Muir, and William James, but also with countless other citizen-observers, many of whom were women. Coen explains how observing networks transformed an instant of panic and confusion into a field for scientific research, turning earthquakes into natural experiments at the nexus of the physical and human sciences. Seismology abandoned this project of citizen science with the introduction of the Richter Scale in the 1930s, only to revive it in the twenty-first century in the face of new hazards and uncertainties. The Earthquake Observers tells the history of this interrupted dialogue between scientists and citizens about living with environmental risk.

The Upside of Down

Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization

Author: Thomas Homer-Dixon

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1597260657

Category: Nature

Page: 429

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"The Upside of Down takes readers on a mind-stretching tour of events that have shaken the world - from the fall of Rome to the 1998 Asian financial crisis to the blackouts of 2003. And it draws on diverse fields - archeology, poetry, politics, science, and economics - to show how we might survive tomorrow's inevitable shocks. Disaster and social upheaval are always terrifying. Homer-Dixon illustrates how they can also catalyze the renewal of our societies and our lives."--BOOK JACKET.

The Role of Science for Conservation

Author: Matthias Wolff,Mark Gardener

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136458441

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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The book integrates the knowledge and reflections of 30 scientists, of which many have dedicated a substantial part of their professional life to the Galapagos archipelago, to the conservation of its biodiversity and to the sustainable management of its resources. The book can be considered a milestone on the way to the successful conservation and sustainable development of this unique world heritage site. .

The New Madrid Quake Chronicles

Author: Claude Walker

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1462070361

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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In December 1811, a series of quakes rocked the area near New Madrid, Missouri, a settlement on the Mississippi River. Sparsely populated by French fur-traders, a dwindling number of Native Americans and newly-arrived European immigrants, the region rumbled for weeks. Rivers ran backwards. Gaseous crevasses in the earth gaped, swallowing people and buildings. While "The New Madrid Quake Chronicles" is a story of a natural calamity, it is also a parable about the imprint a disaster can leave on any family for generations. The reader meets survivors of the Great Quake from two great families headed by Shawnee leader Blue Turtle and German exile Blas Baur, whose descendents share special quake-sensing abilities. Their stories are lyrically told: mighty rivers meeting, mightier tectonic plates clashing. Historical fiction, family saga and military-political history with a touch of seismic sci-fi, "The New Madrid Quake Chronicles" is a cautionary tale. If an 1811-sized quake hit New Madrid today, an estimated 3,500 residents would die. It would leave 730,000 homeless and 2.6 million without power. Most bridges over the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers would fall. Experts agree that a “big one” will likely strike again in the New Madrid Seismic Zone; how prepared will we be?

Cascadia's Fault

The Coming Earthquake and Tsunami that Could Devastate North America

Author: Jerry Thompson

Publisher: Counterpoint Press

ISBN: 1619020866

Category: Nature

Page: 352

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There is a crack in the earth’s crust that runs roughly 31 miles offshore, approximately 683 miles from Northern California up through Vancouver Island off the coast of British Columbia. The Cascadia Subduction Zone has generated massive earthquakes over and over again throughout geologic time—at least thirty-six major events in the last 10,000 years. This fault generates a monster earthquake about every 500 years. And the monster is due to return at any time. It could happen 200 years from now, or it could be tonight. The Cascadia Subduction Zone is virtually identical to the offshore fault that wrecked Sumatra in 2004. It will generate the same earthquake we saw in Sumatra, at magnitude nine or higher, sending crippling shockwaves across a far wider area than any California quake. Slamming into Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, Victoria, and Vancouver, it will send tidal waves to the shores of Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, damaging the economies of the Pacific Rim countries and their trading partners for years to come. In light of recent massive quakes in Haiti, Chile, and Mexico, Cascadia’s Fault not only tells the story of this potentially devastating earthquake and the tsunamis it will spawn, it also warns us about an impending crisis almost unprecedented in modern history.

Catastrophes!

Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other Earth-Shattering Disasters

Author: Donald R. Prothero

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421401478

Category: Nature

Page: 360

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Eerie, fascinating, and often moving, these tales of geologic history and human fortitude and folly will stay with you long after you put the book down.

1906 - a Novel

Author: James Dalessandro

Publisher: Crossroad Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Set during the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, this page-turning historical novel reveals recently uncovered facts that forever change our understanding of what really happened. Narrated by a feisty young reporter, Annalisa Passarelli, the novel paints a vivid picture of the Post-Victorian city, from the mansions of Nob Hill to the underbelly of the Barbary Coast to the arrival of tenor Enrico Caruso and the Metropolitan Opera. Central to the story is the ongoing battle—fought even as the city burns—that pits incompetent and unscrupulous politicians against a coalition of honest police officers, newspaper editors, citizens, and a lone federal prosecutor. James Dalessandro weaves unforgettable characters and actual events into a compelling epic.