4.07.2006

7. A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winchester

I don't really have much to say about A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winchester other than it's a good book to have read prior to the 100th anniversary of the quake, which occurs this April 18. I wan't that fond of the book. I thought Winchester spent way too much time on, say, Pangea, and not enough on San Francisco. It was interesting, but I could have done without a lot of the history of plate tectonic theory and used some more on, you know, the 1906 earthquake.

2 Comments:

MacDara said...

I agree; I'm finding it a tought nut to crack, stalled at the Pangaea stage. But I'll persevere.

6:56 AM  
A.L. said...

It seems like those kinds of books frequently leave out the human element, and how place relates to people and vice versa.

8:16 PM  

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