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Vesuvius:
A Biography
Alwyn Scarth

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ADDITIONAL REVIEWS:

"[H]ighly readable and fascinating. . . . [A] well-illustrated book of history and science, and not the least of its virtues is a splendid J. M. W. Turner painting on its dust jacket."--Charles Stephen, Lincoln Journal Star

"Pacific Circle members should delight in the way that this internationally renowned center has embraced both traditional and nuanced styles of the writings of a life story. . . . [A] truly fine, authoritative, readable, and enjoyable work."--Philip K. Wilson, Bulletin of the Pacific Circle

ENDORSEMENTS:

"A superb biography of a live volcano whose intermittent eruptions led to the burial of unsuspecting multitudes, triggered religious fervor, inspired Western literature, revived Roman architecture, and invited Campanian intrigue."--Jelle Zeilinga de Boer, coauthor of Volcanoes in Human History

"Vesuvius is a great overview of events at Vesuvius and the Phlegrean Fields through the eyes of the people who witnessed the historical eruptions. I especially enjoyed descriptions of the eruptions during the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, and how these affected attitudes toward the church and monarchs at that time."--Grant Heiken, coauthor of The Seven Hills of Rome

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