This is a very good hardcover with dust jacket. 1998 St Martins Press First Edition. This copy is crisp and clean inside and out. The pages are crisp, clean and free of markings. The binding is tight and straight. Burnt orange hardcover boards under jacket are near fine (almost like new) with only a hint of shelf wear. The dust jacket is clean and shiny with only very light shelf wear at edges and corners. Medium octavo or 6.5" x 9.25" with 295 pages.
The Romans of Pompeii, the Confederates at Richmond, and the German Jews in 1938 all had reason to believe the world was ending. But when the storm passed and the dust cleared, the world still turned regardless of the destruction. This fascinating collection contains works by diverse historians including Plato, Thucydides, da Vinci, Freud, and more. Mary Chesnut writes how the world was collapsing around her, Jack London describes the great earthquake that struck San Francisco in 1906 and a Bolshevik watches the Winter Palace fall in 1917. With an intro by Simon Schama, this fully illustrated anthology of first-person account of disaster from Thucydides to CNN, from Pompii to the Black Plague, it is fascinating.
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