Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens (CD-Audio)

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By Steve Olson, Johnathan Yen (Read by)
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I had the hardest time putting this book down, I wanted to read the whole thing in one sitting! This was such a captivating read filled with history, science, personal accounts and a insightful narrative about the epic eruption of Mount St. Helens and the aftermath. A well written book that will have you on the edge of your seat!

— Anastasia

March 2016 Indie Next List

“Eruption is everything a nonfiction book should be: Marvelous storytelling mixed with a great cast of characters, fascinating science, and little-known history. Anyone with even a passing interest in the Pacific Northwest or volcanoes will love this book. I read it in three long, satisfying gulps, and, like all great books, its stories linger in the mind long after you've read the last page.”
— Tom Campbell, The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC


Survival narrative meets scientific, natural, and social history in the riveting story of a volcanic disaster. For months in early 1980, scientists, journalists, and ordinary people listened anxiously to rumblings in the longquiescent volcano Mount St. Helens. Still, when a massive explosion took the top off the mountain, no one was prepared. Fifty-seven people died, including newlywed logger John Killian (for years afterward, his father searched for him in the ash), scientist Dave Johnston, and celebrated local curmudgeon Harry Truman. The lives of many others were forever changed. Steve Olson interweaves history, science, and vivid personal stories of the volcano’s victims and survivors to portray the disaster as a multifaceted turning point. Powerful economic, political, and historical forces influenced who died when the volcano erupted, and their deaths marked the end of an era in the Pacific Northwest. The eruption of Mount St. Helens transformed volcanic science, the study of environmental resilience, and our perceptions of how to survive on an increasingly dangerous planet.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781681680187
ISBN-10: 1681680181
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication Date: March 7th, 2016
Language: English