A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great by Simon Winchester

By Simon Winchester

Unleashed by means of historical geologic forces, a significance 8.25 earthquake rocked San Francisco within the early hours of April 18, 1906. under a minute later, the town lay in ruins. Bestselling writer Simon Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling skills to this awesome occasion, exploring the mythical earthquake and fires that unfold horror throughout San Francisco and northerly California in 1906 in addition to its startling effect on American background and, simply as vital, what technology has lately published in regards to the interesting subterranean strategies that produced it—and probably will reason it to strike again.

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