Weather Matters: An American Cultural History Since 1900

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University Press of Kansas
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6.32 X 9.18 X 1.3 inches | 1.63 pounds

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"Mergen's boisterous book [is] delightful . . . . He organizes an astonishingly diverse collection of sources into a flowing history of American weather discourse. . . . With a light touch and plenty of humor, he suggests that our talk about the weather reveals as much about ourselves as it does about the clouds around us."--Science

"An ambitious, richly illustrated survey of attention to weather in the United States since the turn of the twentieth century. . . . It is part of the impressive series "Culture America."--American Studies

"A fascinating study."--Western Historical Quarterly

"By exploring the complex history of how we as a society experience weather, Mergen invites trained professionals and amateur witnesses alike to examine our assumptions about our relationship to the elements. . . . Mergen's engaging look at American culture and weather makes it obvious how much we still need to know about the cross-cultural, international, and environmental histories of weather and of climate change."--American Meteorological Society Bulletin

"Exhaustively researched and footnoted, there is much to be learned and appreciated here by both professional meteorologists and weather enthusiasts. . . . a welcome addition to the shelf of anyone for whom weather is more than simply a token topic for conversation."--Weatherwise

"The weather's meatphoric power--its chaos, its beauty, its pitilessness infliction of disaster--inspires Mergen's thoughtful inquiries into our relationship to it, acted out in the obsessions of tornado chasers or the insouciant revels of hurricane partiers."--Booklist

"Using such disparate examples as Boy Scout merit badges and The Weather Channel, Mergen explores ways in which American culture has internalized the desire to manage weather."--Choice

"Mergen has written an engaging account on a subject we all complain about but can't change: the weather. He takes an original approach by expanding on the development of meteorology and institutional histories of the U.S. Weather Bureau, American Meteorological Society, and the Weather Channel. Mergen draws on a wide array of sources to produce this fascinating study of a timeless human obsession."--Library Journal

"The definitive weather book for decades to come. From weather humor to the politics of weather disaster with Katrina, from weather lore to weather prediction, from weather watchers to weather consumers, this book offers a truly comprehensive and invaluable history of weather's enormous social and cultural impact."--Marita Sturken, author of Desiring the Weather and Tourists of History

"Mergen may know more about the cultural history of weather than anyone around and his latest book overflows with fascinating discussions. Whether or not we can do anything about it, Americans delight in talking about the weather, and Mergen is an expert listener."--Gary Alan Fine, author of Authors of the Storm: Meteorologists and the Culture of Prediction