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Ranging from Yellowstone in Wyoming to Mount Pelee in the Caribbean, The Last Volcano reveals the incredible journey of a man on a mission to understand the awesome power of volcanic eruptions.

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Volcanoes have fascinated—and terrified—people for ages. They have destroyed cities and ended civilizations. In this book, John Dvorak, the acclaimed author of Earthquake Storms, looks into the early years of volcanology and its "father," Thomas Jaggar. Jaggar was the youngest of five scientists to investigate the explosion of Mount Pelee in Martinique, which leveled the entire city of St. Pierre and killed its entire population in two minutes. This explosion changed science forever, and Jaggar became obsessed with understanding the force of nature that could do this.

Falling in love with a widowed schoolteacher who shared his passion, Jaggar devoted his life to studying volcanic activity and the mysteries beneath the earth's surface. From their precarious perch, this dynamic husband and wife duo would discover a way to predict volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, promote geothermal energy, and theorize new ways to study the ocean bottom.

"Reads like a good sci-fi, with colorful characters making startling discoveries." ---The Honolulu Star

"Perkins provides a strong, deep voice, a focused presentation, and clear pronunciation." ---AudioFile

"Dvorak has done earthquake science sterling service by writing what is unarguably the best, the most comprehensive and compellingly readable book about the great fault that will one day affect all our lives." ---Simon Winchester, author of Kraktoa

The Last Volcano

A Man, a Romance, and the Quest to Understand Nature's Most Magnificent Fury

Author John Dvorak

Narrated by Tom Perkins

Publication date Dec 15, 2015

Running time 11 hrs

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