The Great Quake by Henry Fountain a Page Turner Book Review

The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet

  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (August 8, 2017)
  • Publication Date: August 8, 2017
  • Sold by: Random House LLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Rating ♥♥♥♥♥

My Review: 

When I saw this cover, I knew I wanted to read more about the great quake in Anchorage, Alaska, on March 27, 1964. The earthquake that I can remember seeing in my grandparent’s copies of Time and Life magazine with the images of houses lifted in the air while roads sunk several feet below right down the street, and absolutely no houses standing between.

The subtitle is How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding Of The Planet, and this book certainly fulfilled that promise. I have always been fascinated by geology. My grandfather took us on rock digs from the time we could walk. So this made me want to understand exactly what is going on deep within the earth.

The book covers in depth the personality and the work of the main researcher of this 9.0 earthquake, George Plafker. Also covered in great detail are the people that lived and died during this quake. The narrative, personal accounts,  and documents study the makeup of the area, the demographics, and the personalities of these brave Alaskans. I read this book slowly absorbing each detail and there are so many important details that are uncovered in this book. Henry Fountain brings the instant of the quake to life for the reader with eyewitness accounts, memories, and photos.

I read this book slowly absorbing each detail and there are so many important details that are uncovered in this book. Henry Fountain brings the instant of the quake to life for the reader with endearing, sad, and powerful eyewitness accounts, memories, and photos.

The geological makeup of this area is so well explained that after hearing the term plate tectonics for years, I finally actually understand how they work, what is going on, and how it affects us living on this active and dynamic planet.

I found this book through Blogging for books and this is why I love reading hardbacks, I will keep this forever and read it many more times. This review is my honest opinion and I thank Blogging for Books and Crown, the Publishers, for allowing me to have this copy for review.

Not stodgy and boring and not a textbook read at all, but a personal glimpse into the terror of this powerful natural disaster as well as the excitement of new discoveries. The excitement of realizing that a little snail-like creature holds so many answers. This book is like being on a dig alongside one of the premier geologists.

If you like history and knowing how things really work, then pick this up and you will enjoy it as much as I did. I have had a reading hangover from it since I finished it a few days ago. I wanted to read another fact-filled and an exciting book like this to transition me back into fiction.

I have a niece that is a geologist and I am sending her this book. I believe she will be as enthused about it as I am.

This Science-based non Fiction book is available on Amazon / Barnes and Noble /and Books a Million in Hardback and e-book format.

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6 thoughts on “The Great Quake by Henry Fountain a Page Turner Book Review

  1. During some research for a recent blog post I tripped upon details of this geological even. One of the accounts I happened upon speculated that this quake may have been geo-engineered with the involvement of a scientist named Irwin Langmuir who worked for General Electric as head of a project experimenting with weather modification.

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    1. I was reading your post on weather engineering and GE. How odd that we would be looking at the same event in a different manner. The snails showed the degree of trauma encountered. Nature shows us plenty if we look in the right places.

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  2. Wonderful review, Vicki. I remember hearing and reading about the Alaskan earthquake when I was a kid. Later, I saw some newsreels showing dogs howling and running inland well before the quake struck. It’s a wonder anyone survived. I believe most of the water was sucked out of the harbor, followed by a devastating tsunami. Terrifying event.
    I put this book on my TBR list from your Goodreads suggestion. Thanks!
    –Michael

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    1. You are exactly right. The water was removed from the harbor. It was devastating in so many areas. Fascinating research and great details. I did not know that about the dogs howling and running inland, but dogs and animals are so very insightful, it doesn’t surprise me at all. Please let me know if you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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