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Braving the Elements: The Stormy History of American Weather
by David Laskin (Goodreads Author)
Nowhere in the world is weather as volatile and powerful as it is in North America.Scorching heat in the Southwest, hurricanes on the Atlantic coast, tornadoes in the Plains, blizzards in the mountains:Every area of the country has vastly different weather, and vastly different cultures as a result. Braving the Elements is David Laskin's delightful and fascinating history ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 16th 1997 by Anchor
(first published 1996)
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If you are interested in weather, American history and science, this is the book for you! Laskin does a great job telling the story of different weather events in North American history against the back drop of the technological inventions and improvements that have created the excellent weather forecasting we have today. I know sometimes today's weather forecasting seem to leave a lot to be desired, but compared to what our ancestors had, it is absolutely amazing. Laskin's book is easily read, ...more
Jun 29, 2014 Becky rated it 3 of 5 stars
I've been reading a LOT about disasters lately - I read about the Hinckley Forest Fire and the Black Blizzards of the Dust Bowl, both a combination of bad business practices and natures terrible fury; the Children's Blizzard, an unforeseen storm (akin to 2013 polar vortex) that left hundreds of frozen bodies scattered on the prairie; the Molasses Flood (not natural but couldnt help myself); America's deadliest avalanche that sent a train full of passenger careening down a ravine; the Perfect Sto ...more
Finally got to this one after having it checked out on and off for about a year. It's a little out of date, having been written 26 years ago, but the middle section is still good. The last chapter on global warming kinda reads like a futuristic flying car. It doesn't work as well as it did initially. Wish there was a little more about the weather itself, but overall not a bad read.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Great Neck, New York, I grew up hearing stories that my immigrant Jewish grandparents told about the “old country” (Russia) that they left at the turn of the last century. When I was a teenager, my mother’s parents began making yearly trips to visit our relatives in Israel, and stories about the Israeli family sifted down to me as well. What I never heard growing up ...moreMore about David Laskin...