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    Intriguing but flawed

    Fascinating account of the prelude and postlude of the event itself, but the author struggled in portions to attach it to wider import. I liked his Chapter 3 descriptions of the mechanics for plate tectonics, and will probably use some of them in my middle school Earth Science class. I also liked his accounts of how news of the event traveled so quickly around the world via telegraph, making it arguably the first "global" event. However, his lack of acknowledgement of the 1815 eruption of Mt. Tambora as the largest scale event in human history, even to this day, is a glaring and conspicuous oversight, leaving this as a clearly flawed book for laymen only.

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