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The Great Warming by Brian M. Fagan
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Sep 05, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: science, history

I don't give many 5 star ratings to books. They pretty much have to be transformative in some way. They have to lead me to new insights and new paradigms. This one does. He describes the effects of the a period of global warming called the Medieval Warm Period, which transformed Europe and the Arctic in beneficial ways but brought devastation to the American Southwest, South America, Asia, Africa, and much of the rest of the world. His treatment of the topic is well-researched and well-written and ultimately frightening in the implications it has for us as we move into our own period of global warming. Although this book could be said to be both history and science, it reads more like a science book than a history book.

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