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Great disasters (Reader's Digest general books)

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ISBN 10: 089577321X / ISBN 13: 9780895773210
Published by Readers Digest, P, 1989
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover

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089577321X No marks or damage from past owners, not a former library book, not a remainder or book club, not clipped, Hardcover.Name and address label on inside front cover. Red cloth and black spine, front imprinted with title as the spine in gold. 79 natural catastrophes from the demise of the dinosaurs to the recent earthquake in Armenia are covered in fascinating detail, with an emphasis on human drama. This book details Mother Nature at her most awesome-human nature at its most courageous. 350 illustrations, including original art and maps. Bookseller Inventory # 016259

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Title: Great disasters (Reader's Digest general ...

Publisher: Readers Digest, P

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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A comprehensive, historical overview of some of the world's greatest natural disasters captures the power of the human spirit as it triumphs over the floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other calamities

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This illustrated survey of calamities takes in the Ice Age, Europe's Black Death epidemic of the 14th century, the Chicago fire of 1871, "pea souper" fogs in London from the 17th to the 19th centuries, and current droughts, crop losses and famines in Africa. Such range in the detailing of facts and lore of fantastical misfortunes will reward the curious reader. Cliches abound, however, limiting the power of the prose: modern Africa's "starving throngs" are said to "haunt the world's imagination"; after Japan's Kanto earthquake of 1923, rumors of the scope of its destruction "spread like wildfire" and "terror stalked the streets." Many of the 350 photographs and paintings hold the attention more surely, among them a Viennese print depicting a woman dressed to ward off cholera in the 19th century and a photograph of houses tossed, turned and shredded during the Johnstown Flood of 1889 in Pennsylvania. 30,000 first printing; $30,000 ad/promo.
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