This Gulf of Fire

This Gulf of Fire

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

Book - 2015
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"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. In a 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 publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780307267627
0307267628
Branch Call Number: 946.942033 M7328T 2015
Characteristics: viii, 496 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

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CarpeBooksKirkland
Mar 29, 2016

A painful read: I felt as if the author felt compelled to publish ALL his research as a book. The tedium of the presentation of that material is the middle of the book. The first section on the earthquake and fire could be the book and the possibly some of the last third of the book about Pombal's actions.

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