A Crack in the Edge of the World

A Crack in the Edge of the World

Synopsis

The international bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion. Simon Winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force.

In the early morning hours of April 18, 1906, San Francisco and a string of other towns were overcome by an earthquake registering 8.25 on the Richter scale, resulting from a rupture in the San Andreas fault. Lasting little more than a minute, the earthquake wrecked 490 blocks, toppled a total of 25,000 buildings, broke open gas mains, cut off electric power lines, and effectively destroyed the gold rush capital that had stood there for a half century.

Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities -- as well as his unique understanding of geology -- to this extraordinary event, exploring not only what happened in northern California in 1906 but what we have learned since about the geological underpinnings that caused the earthquake in the first place. A Crack in the Edge of the World is the definitive account of the San Francisco earthquake and a fascinating exploration of a legendary event that changed the way we look at the planet on which we live.

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Chapters

  • Chapter 001
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 002
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 003
    Duration: 05min
  • Chapter 004
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 005
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 006
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 007
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 008
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 009
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 010
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 011
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 012
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 013
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 014
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 015
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 016
    Duration: 04min
  • Chapter 017
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 018
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 019
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 020
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 021
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 022
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 023
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 024
    Duration: 04min
  • Chapter 025
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 026
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 027
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 028
    Duration: 05min
  • Chapter 029
    Duration: 13min
  • Chapter 030
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 031
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 032
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 033
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 034
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 035
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 036
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 037
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 038
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 039
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 040
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 041
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 042
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 043
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 044
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 045
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 046
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 047
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 048
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 049
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 050
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 051
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 052
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 053
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 054
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 055
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 056
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 057
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 058
    Duration: 13min
  • Chapter 059
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 060
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 061
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 062
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 063
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 064
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 065
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 066
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 067
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 068
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 069
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 070
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 071
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 072
    Duration: 13min
  • Chapter 073
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 074
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 075
    Duration: 01min
  • Chapter 076
    Duration: 25s
  • sample-151
    Duration: 01min

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