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The World’s Worst Historical Disasters examines 70 of the most significant natural and man-made disasters in world history, from ancient ones such as the 429BC plague in Athens or the 856AD Corinth earthquake, to modern day catastrophes such as the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Chernobyl and the September 11th attacks. All kinds of disasters are covered including plagues, earthquakes, volcanoes, genocides, floods, train and aeroplane crashes.
Each fascinating account gives a detailed analysis of the events leading up to the disaster, the disaster itself and the extent of the damage and the aftermath. Both well known disasters such as the Black Death and San Francisco Earthquake, are included alongside lesser known cases such as the Ostrogoths’ sixth century massacre in Milan and the Great Bengal Famine. With an immense range across time and place, each story is highly illustrated with black and white and colour historical artworks and photographs. In addition key fact boxes outline the most important information, enabling the reader to understand the major elements at a glance.
Whether the result of mankind or an inevitable and uncontrollable act of nature, The World’s Worst Historical Disasters will provide an educational and riveting read.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Chris McNab is a wilderness expert, military specialist and author of over 20 survival publications, including How to Survive Anything, Anywhere, Living off the Land, and SAS Training Manual: Endurance Techniques. He holds a PhD from the University of Wales and lives in south Wales, UK.
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