This Gulf of Fire: The Destruction of Lisbon, or Apocalypse in the Age of Science and Reason

This Gulf of Fire

The Destruction of Lisbon, or Apocalypse in the Age of Science and Reason

Hardcover
Pub. price: $35.00

ISBN10: 0307267628 ISBN13: 9780307267627 Publisher: Random House Inc Published: Nov 3 2015 Pages: 496 Weight: 1.98lbs. Height: 9.50" Width: 6.75" Depth: 1.50" Language: English

Publisher's Comments

"On All Saints Day of 1755, the tremors from a magnitude 8.5 earthquake swept furiously from its epicenter in the Atlantic Ocean toward the Iberian Peninsula. Nowhere was it felt more than in Lisbon, then the thriving capital of a great global empire. Ina few minutes most of Lisbon was destroyed--but that was only the beginning. A tsunami swept away most of the ruined coast along the Tagus River and carried untold souls out to sea. When fire broke out across the city, the surviving Lisboetas were subject to a firestorm reaching temperatures over 1,832 degrees F. Drawing on a wealth of new sources, on modern science (geology did not exist then), and on a sophisticated grasp of Portuguese history, Molesky gives us the definitive account of the destruction, of history's first international relief effort, and of the dampening effects these events had on the optimistic spirit of the Enlightenment"--Provided by pulisher.

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