After the Earth Shook

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Science  07 Oct 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5745, pp. 55-56
DOI: 10.1126/science.1118551

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A Crack in the Edge of the World. America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906. By Simon Winchester. HarperCollins, New York, 2005. 478 pp. $27.95, C$37.95. ISBN 0-06-057199-3.

A Crack in the Edge of the World. The Great American Earthquake of 1906. Viking, London, 2005. £16.99. ISBN 0-670-91487-8.

A blend of science and history, the author's account of the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake and its aftermath frequently wanders into intriguing digressions.