Geologist and writer Simon Winchester presents a book about the Great San Francisco earthquake that occurred on April 18, 1906. Winchester goes to great lengths to explain how our earth is connected by the various tectonic plates, so that even an event occurring on one side of the world can lead to an event on the other. I appreciated the author’s updates on the science of geology and how this helps our understanding of past. At the same time, focusing on this singular cataclysmic event – the death and destruction of San Francisco, helps the reader understand the greater impact of these occurrences on humankind.
I really enjoyed this book. My only complaint is Winchester’s habit of going off on long tangents. While many of these tangents were interesting, I felt it detracted from the focus of the book.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2006
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