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A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester
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Jan 11, 2010

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bookshelves: history, cartography-maps
Read in January, 2010

Not Winchester's best book. I found myself constantly comparing this book to to Krakatoa (which I enjoyed immensely) in my mind.

Winchester spends much more time in this book explaining plate tectonics, including an over-arching travel thread from one end of the North American Plate (in Iceland) to the other (in California and Alaska). While I really do find plate tectonics fascinating (gotta love that the first supercontinent was named Ur), I found the shifting between the travelogue, the San Francisco history lesson, and the holding forth on plate tectonics and the New Geology to be too disorienting. A better book would focus on one or two of these aspects, not all three.

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