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This gulf of fire : the destruction of Lisbon, or apocalypse in the age of science and reason

Author: Mark Molesky
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Molesky
ISBN: 9780307267627 0307267628 9780307387509 030738750X
OCLC Number: 904715510
Notes: "A Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Description: viii, 496 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: The Last Victim --
Babylonia Portugueza --
November 1, 1755 --
An Unexpected Horror --
The Great Firestorm --
The Hour of Pombal --
City of Ashes, Huts of Wood --
Word spreads --
"A Chaos of Stones" --
Uma Lisboa Nova --
Reverberations.
Responsibility: Mark Molesky.

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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.

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