A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America's Hurricanes

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Price
$29.95  $27.55
Publisher
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
Pages
432
Dimensions
6.1 X 9.3 X 1.6 inches | 1.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781631495274

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About the Author

Eric Jay Dolin is the author of fourteen books. His most recent is A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America's Hurricanes, which received a number of accolades, including being chosen by the Washington Post as one of 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction in 2020, by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2020 (in addition to being a Kirkus Prize finalist), by the Library Journal and Booklist as one of the Best Science & Technology Books of 2020, and by the New York Times Book Review as an Editor's Choice. Other books include Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, which was chosen as one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe, and also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U.S. Maritime History; and Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates, which was chosen as a Must-Read book for 2019 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, and was a finalist for the 2019 Julia Ward Howe Award given by the Boston Author's Club. A graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his Ph.D. in environmental policy, Dolin lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his family.

Reviews

You can't really understand hurricanes without knowing their history. Eric Jay Dolin brings America's great hurricanes alive with rich stories about the storms and the people whose lives they changed forever. Understanding our hurricane history gives hurricane science depth and meaning. This is a hurricane book for everyone.--Bryan Norcross, meteorologist and hurricane specialist, WPLG-TV Miami, and author of My Hurricane Andrew Story
A fast-paced and informative history of American hurricanes from the 16th century through the 2017 season . . . 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.
The hurricane book to end all hurricane books.--Les Standiford, author of Last Train To Paradise
A riveting mix of natural science, institutional history and human experience. All in a great read.--H. W. Brands, two-time Pulitzer Prize Finalist and author of Dreams of El Dorado
Drawing on abundant sources. . . and with an academic background in environmental policy, Dolin, who has a doctorate in environmental policy, offers an authoritative and lively history of hurricanes . . . Besides chronicling the tense period leading up to landfall, the violent impact, the immediate responses, and the long-term recoveries, the author offers a fascinating history of weather forecasting. . . Dolin underscores the threat of global warming to worsen hurricanes and urges society to act quickly and boldly 'to counter this threat in any way we can.' A sweeping, absorbing history of nature's power.--Kirkus Reviews [starred review]
[T]his 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. . . . Many of [these] true tales of survival and loss will tug at the readers' heartstrings as Dolin makes them vivid and memorable.--James Pekoll, Booklist [starred review]
A Furious Sky is an epic narrative of the most significant hurricanes that have affected the United States. It is a fascinating book that weaves together history, science, policy, political fallout, and the inevitable human drama of hurricanes. Gripping and entertaining, A Furious Sky is a worthy addition to the literature on these great storms.--Lourdes B. Avilés, chair of the American Meteorological Society History Committee, and author of Taken by Storm, 1938