A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America's Hurricanes Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
With A Furious Sky, Eric Jay Dolin has created a vivid, sprawling account of our encounters with hurricanes, from the nameless storms that threatened Columbus' New World voyages to the destruction wrought in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. Weaving a story of shipwrecks and devastated cities, of heroism and folly, Dolin introduces a rich cast of unlikely heroes and puts us in the middle of the most devastating storms of the past, none worse than the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, which killed at least 6,000 people, the highest toll of any natural disaster in American history.
Dolin draws on a vast array of sources as he melds American history, as it is usually told, with the history of hurricanes, showing how these tempests frequently helped determine the nation's course. Hurricanes, it turns out, prevented Spain from expanding its holdings in North America beyond Florida in the late 1500s, and they also played a key role in shifting the tide of the American Revolution against the British in the final stages of the conflict. As he moves through the centuries, following the rise of the United States despite the chaos caused by hurricanes, Dolin traces the corresponding development of hurricane science, from important discoveries made by Benjamin Franklin to the breakthroughs spurred by the necessities of World War II and the Cold War.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 50 minutes|
|Author||Eric Jay Dolin|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 08, 2020|
|Publisher||HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#135,017 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#21 in Weather (Audible Books & Originals)
#52 in Natural Disasters (Audible Books & Originals)
#493 in Natural Disasters (Books)
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I thought the author needed to mix things up more to get a full book worth of material about this. To some extent, he tries. There are sections on the development of hurricane aircraft, advances in weather forecasting, even the feminist push to stop naming hurricanes only after women.
I will say I recommend the book because it does deliver on its promise, and it will certainly be helpful to someone wanting to learn a little about many America's hurricanes.
And the book does touch on climate change as a cause for increased hurricane intensity and frequency, but the book did not really cover the complete topic, in my judgement.
However, one complaint that always bothers me greatly -- WHERE WAS THE EDITOR???? Specifically, the third paragraph under the heading "Katrina, 2005" leads off with a sentence that places Katrina in 1992. Really?
It is very informative but just not delivered in a way that captures my attention.
I felt that Dolan made the science very interesting and understandable. Even though I had read about some of these hurricanes before, I learned new information. And I was sorry to see the book end, which to me is a sign of a good writer, especially in sciences. Now someone needs to talk to New Orleans about rebuilding their marshes which were a natural break for hurricanes, and I think New York needs a sea wall...