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Mar 31, 2009
| ISBN 9780143114604
Apr 10, 2008
| ISBN 9781440637438
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Mar 31, 2009 | ISBN 9780143114604
Apr 10, 2008 | ISBN 9781440637438
The Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 was no run-of-the-mill misfortune-it was a watershed moment that shook the pillars of an inveterate social order and sent reverberations throughout the Western world. Earth, water, wind, and fire all conspired to produce a hellish catastrophe that lasted for a full five days and left Lisbon thoroughly annihilated. Nicholas Shrady’s unique account of this first modern disaster and its aftereffects successfully articulates the outcome of the earthquake-the eighteenth-century equivalent of a mass media frenzy giving rise to a host of other fascinating developments, such as disaster preparedness, landmark social reform, urban planning, and the birth of seismology.
Nicholas Shrady is the author of Sacred Roads: Adventures from the Pilgrimage Trail. His articles have appeared in Architectural Digest, The New York Times Book Review, Travel & Leisure, Forbes, and Town & Country.
“Admirable and perfectly paced.”– The New York Sun “Shrady’s account will find the same ready audience that delight’s not only in tales of catastrophes but in smart, stylishly written history.”–Publishers Weekly
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