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A Crack In The Edge Of The World: America And The Great California Earthquake Of 1906 by Simon Winchester
A Crack In The Edge Of The World is Simon Winchester's detailed account of the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906. It was a quake that measured 8.25 on the Richter scale and left a swath of destruction over 200 miles long. Simon Winchester also explains the history of earthquakes and the geology and tectonics plate shifts that create them. He also points out that deadly earthquakes are a certainty in our future, and wonders if we're prepared for it. A Crack In The Edge Of The World has received mostly positive reviews with the Chicago Sun-Times saying, "Winchester concludes that it is not a question of if another huge quake will hit San Francisco, but when -- and whether the city is prepared. In a time when there are questions aplenty concerning New Orleans' disaster plan, city officials in San Francisco just might want to read A Crack In The Edge Of The World."