Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester

Having visited San Francisco I picked this book up on a whim because I like to read stories about familiar places. Simon Winchester begins by musing about a small town in Ohio, the birthplace of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the change to geology that resulted from his walk on the moon and the progress of the hypothesis of plate tectonics. He then goes on to give a lively version of the history of geology and California, all the while changing directions and going off into captivating and entertaining side stories about people and places, as he winds his way towards April 18, 1906 and the destructive earthquake that devastated San Francisco.

5 Stars

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