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A furious sky : the five-hundred-year history of America's hurricanes

by Dolin, Eric Jay,

Format: Print Book 2020
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From the moment European colonists laid violent claim to this land, hurricanes have had a profound and visceral impact on American history--yet, no one has attempted to write the definitive account of America's entanglement with these meteorological behemoths. Now, best-selling historian Eric Jay Dolin presents the five-hundred-year story of American hurricanes, from the nameless storms that threatened Columbus' New World voyages, to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the escalation of hurricane season as a result of global warming. Populating his narrative with unlikely heroes such as Benito Vines, the nineteenth-century Jesuit priest whose revelatory methods for predicting hurricanes saved countless lives, and journalist Dan Rather, whose coverage of a 1961 hurricane would change broadcasting history, Dolin uncovers the often surprising ways we respond to natural crises. A necessary work of environmental and cultural history, A Furious Sky will change the way we understand the storms on the horizon of America's future.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Dolin (Black Flags, Blue Waters, 2018) tackles the history of hurricanes and how they've impacted the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic regions of the U.S. Spanning the centuries from Columbus arriving in the Caribbean to the recent epic and politically charged disasters of Hurricanes Katrina and Maria, Dolin's weather drama reveals just how horrific these monster storms can be. But this compelling book is much more than a meteorological history, it is a remarkably human story of people struggling with nature at its fiercest and the myriad ways hurricanes have affected the course of human events. The damaging winds and surging water likely changed the outcome of wars and presidential elections. Many of those true tales of survival and loss will tug at the readers' heartstrings as Dolin makes them vivid and memorable. He also chronicles the intellectual history of individual meteorologists on quests to understand the dynamics, predict the patterns, and mitigate the damage of hurricanes. Dolin illuminates how much technology and careful scientific and civic organization and coordination have helped better prepare Americans for hurricane season. But, despite radar and satellites, the paths of these ferocious storms can never be fully predicted and Dolin presents the consensus view that global warming will only make hurricanes stronger in the future."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Historian Dolin (Black Flags, Blue Waters) delivers a fast-paced and informative history of American hurricanes from the 16th century through the 2017 season, when a record-setting three storms made landfall. Though Dolin's question of "how we can learn to survive and adapt" to hurricanes in the era of climate change doesn't receive deep analysis, the book successfully documents the impact of storms such as the 1900 Galveston Hurricane (in which an estimated 8,000--10,000 people died) and the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, which killed hundreds of WWI veterans building the Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys. Milestones in the scientific understanding of hurricanes include Father Benito ViƱes's observational studies in 19th-century Cuba and the U.S. military's "Hurricane Hunter" flights, which began in WWII and employed new radar technology to capture real-time data from inside storms; the information was eventually used to create computer models to predict hurricane behavior. Dolin also explains hurricane naming conventions and credits Dan Rather's 1961 Hurricane Carla broadcasts, which showed radar images of the storm, with changing how they're reported. Packed with intriguing miscellanea, this accessible chronicle serves as a worthy introduction to the subject. Readers will be awed by the power of these storms and the wherewithal of people to recover from them. Agent: Russell Galen, The Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency. (June)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Hurricanes -- United States -- History.
Storms -- United States -- History.
Publisher New York, NY :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xxvii, 392 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-373) and index.
ISBN 9781631495274
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