The Last Day: Wrath, Ruin, and Reason in the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755

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An account of the cataclysmic mid-eighteenth-century earthquake also discusses how its related tidal waves, fires, and aftershocks rocked the western world, prompting intellectual debates about the natural world and God's place in human affairs as theorized by such Enlightenment figures as Voltaire, Alexander Pope, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. 30,000 first printing.

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Nicholas Shrady is a journalist whose articles have appeared in Architectural Digest, Travel & Leisure, Forbes, The New York Times Book Review, and Town & Country. His previous books include Tilt: A Skewed History of the Tower of Pisa and Sacred Roads: Adventures from the Pilgrimage Trail.

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In 1755 Lisbon was shattered by earthquakes and resulting fires that were spread by the wind. Patrick Lawlor puts a great deal of emotion into his narration, making this historical account sound as fresh as a first-person disaster account on the evening news. Stories from contemporary sources, such as that of the man detailing his bruises and wounds, are the high points. Lawlor's dramatic style makes the world of 1755with Portugal's growing empire and the Inquisitioncome alive. Nicholas Shrady's meticulous research uncovers the aftershocks of a disaster and provides a detailed glimpse of an earlier age. J.A.S. AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

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