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

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Liveright Publishing Corporation
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6.1 X 9.3 X 1.6 inches | 1.7 pounds

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About the Author

Eric Jay Dolin is the best-selling and award-winning author of numerous works in maritime history, including Leviathan, Rebels at Sea, and Black Flags, Blue Waters. He lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.


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 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]
The hurricane book to end all hurricane books.--Les Standiford, author of Last Train To Paradise
[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] lively chronicle of five tempestuous centuries . . . Where A Furious Sky is most compelling is in its often harrowing details. It's filled with haunting personal stories.--Elizabeth Kolbert "New York Times Book Review"
Fascinating and heart-wrenching.... Following the science, Dolin soberly concludes: 'Hurricanes of the future will most likely be worse than those of the past.--Michael Taube "Washington Post"
[A Furious Sky is] ultra readable maritime history.--Lauren Daley "Boston Globe"
[Dolin] blends lovely writing with clear explanations of technical concepts . . . With active language and sharp characters, he puts us in scene . . . Thanks to Dolin's reporting and framing, each hurricane is a different story that delivers its own lesson about human nature.--Lyn Millner "Los Angeles Review of Books"
[A] thoroughly engrossing book.--Steve Donoghue "Christian Science Monitor"
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.-- "Publishers Weekly"
[A Furious Sky] is a wonderfully researched and vividly written testament to the tragedy, suffering, and science that have given rise to our still-limited understanding of these ferocious storms.--Matt Murphy "WoodenBoat Magazine"
Dolin (Leviathan) continues his series of popular histories. . . deftly weaving together tales of tragedy, heroism, and scientific progress from colonial times until the present. . . . Weather watchers, science buffs, and social historians will enjoy this history of the hurricane both as a chronology and for the individual tales of surviving nature's fury.--Wade Lee-Smith "Library Journal"
This is a compelling fact-and anecdote-filled story of the most dramatic storms to have stunned and sometimes fractured America's coastal communities. But it is also a riveting foretelling of our future as the most destructive hurricanes in the past five centuries become commonplace. A Furious Sky joins that short list of books that are both must-reads and armchair page-turners.--Tom Clavin, author of Dodge City
The big blows of centuries far and near have long deserved our attention and never more than today. As Eric Jay Dolin reminds us, hurricanes have been pivot points in the course of human history. Now, they are catapulting us toward our future, underscoring the compelling nature of A Furious Sky, which in rigor and scope is as formidable as the weather outside.--Jack Davis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Gulf
A delightful blend of science, history, and masterful storytelling. Each of Dolin's storm stories carries its own horrifying details and historical significance. A Furious Sky puts Dolin in the lofty company of Nathaniel Philbrick and Lincoln Paine among the most important, and downright entertaining, chroniclers of American maritime history.--Peter Houlahan, author of Norco '80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery
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