- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Posted July 14, 2001
Surviving Galeras Is a Must-Read for Volcano Lovers
If you are fascinated by volcanoes and the forces that move them, Williams' book is a must-read for you. Stanley Williams, an American volcanologist, was critically injured in an eruption of the Galeras volcano in Colombia during a field trip with other scientists. Although the eruption was minor, several scientists and three tourists died when they were in the crater of the volcano. As he covered from his injuries, Williams was accused of neglecting common sense safety procedures and failing to check on the volcano's seismic activity before leading the scientists into the crater. This book is his answer to those criticisms. Although I liked the detailed biographies Williams provided of his fellow scientists, his tone is often arrogant and one-sided. He fails to give his critics much credibility or admit any culpability. Also, the writing wanders back and forth in time and sometimes goes off on tangents only marginally related to the topic. However, even with the uneven writing and sometimes technical jargon, Surviving Galeras is interesting and definitely worth the time to read. For a contrasting analysis of the Galeras disaster, read No Apparent Danger by Victoria Bruce, which gives a more objective view of the tragedy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.