The Eruption That Changed the World

Book - 2014
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Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2014
ISBN: 9780691150543
Branch Call Number: 363.3495 Wood
Characteristics: xiv, 293 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Nov 11, 2018

This is a scientific book that reads like a novel. I enjoyed every single page of it. Tambora, a volcano in Indonesia, erupted in April 1815 and it was such a massive eruption that it completely disrupted the weather in the Northern hemisphere for three years. Freezing cold, heavy, incessant rain, floods, harvest destruction caused a tragedy of unthinkable proportions: thousands of people starved to death in the USA Eastern Coast, Europe and China; there were food riots, massive migrations and epidemics of cholera and typhus. There were also other, less tragic consequences, like the advancement of discovery in the Arctic or the production of Frankenstein in 1816. It's a very modern book, where the dangers to which we as mankind are exposed because of global warming and climate change are clearly explained. It might be a good idea to read this book with Mary Shelley's The Last Man.

Jan 10, 2018

I have checked this out twice and enjoyed it each time.
The writer ties together a series of global consequences from the largest eruption of recorded human history, from starvation in China and Europe to the influence on art and, especially, the storms that forced Mary Shelly and her friends to stay inside and tell ghost stories, one of which became "Frankenstine."
I heartily recommend it if you're interested in volcanos, climate change, cultural history or natural disasters.


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