For months in early 1980, scientists, journalists, and nearby residents
listened anxiously to rumblings from Mount St. Helens in southwestern Washington State.
Still, no one was prepared when a cataclysmic eruption blew the top off of the mountain,
laying waste to hundreds of square miles of land and killing fifty-seven people.
Steve Olson interweaves vivid personal stories with the history, science, and economic forces
that influenced the fates and futures of those around the volcano.
Eruption delivers a spell-binding narrative of an event
that changed the course of volcanic science,
and an epic tale of our fraught relationship with the natural world.