The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History
In the tradition of Krakatoa, The World Without Us, and Guns, Germs and Steel comes a sweeping history of the year that became known as 18-hundred-and-froze-to-death. 1816 was a remarkable year—mostly for the fact that there was no summer. As a result of a ...more
I knew of this 1816 event and wanted to learn more and eagerly sought out this book which is well researched but contains too much repetitive detail.
One of the authors has a Ph.D. in meteor ...more
In 1816 Krakatoa erupted with a Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of 6 which is equivalent to 200 tons of TNT. It is the largest known eruption in history. It had emitted halogens fluorine, chlorine and bromine in the form of hydrogen halides into the atmosphere which collected in the strat ...more
On April 5, 1815, Mount Tambora on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa (which is well to the east of Java) began erupting. This eruption was the largest known in the last 2000 years (page 12) and the most deadly. The eruption was about 100 times greater than the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helen's, and about 10 times greater than the 1990 eruption of Pinatubo in the Philippines (page 13).
In addition to the disastrous effects on the local inhabitants, the eruption had world-wide effects due to th...more
At least to the point that I got, the book seems to be focused more on science, chiefly the weather caused by the eruption, whereas I'm more interested in the ...more
Like any current non-fiction book that isn't a tech manual or motivational slogan-fest, "Year Without Summer" strives to be all things to all people. Formula: Discuss an underappreciated thing in natural history or science/technology, (cod! Krakatoa! screws! Galveston!), the social and political ramifications thereof, include earnest plea for environmental understanding - wait, no, actually the authors refrained from hitting us over the h ...more
Mostly this book centers on the history of 1816. There’s not a lot about the actual eruption or the weather that resulted shortly afterwards, but the consequences are dealt with in detail from the mundane to the serious. Be it the gloomy days that caused Ma ...more
Oh my... such a reach. I was disappointed - I had hoped for more.
The bulk of the material consists of EXTENSIVE (and, at times, repetitious and boring) weather reports the following summer on the North American and European continents. No mention is made of how the volcanic ash still in the atmosphere impacted the winter in the southern hemisphere ...more
While the subject matter is interesting, the authors don't do much with it, and they don't give as broad an examination as might have been useful. Whereas 'Krakatoa' examined the explosion of the volcano itself, that only occurred after a detailed treatment of the society that had grown up in Indonesia, the origins and development and gradual acceptance ...more
This book is more than just a meteorological history of the world in the ...more
There are some 'big name' contemporaries quoted: from Britain's Sir Thomas Raffles and Robert Peel, to Americans James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, up to literary giants Lord Byron and Percy & Mary Shelley. (I haste ...more
Year Without Summer lost me about mid-way through - it just wasn't interesting or informativ ...more
This book starts out with a lot of meteorologic stuff that isn't very interesting and a little hard to follow if you ...more