In Storm Kings, Lee Sandlin retraces America's fascination and unique relationship to tornadoes and the weather. From Ben Franklin's early experiments, to "the great storm debates" of the nineteenth century, to heartland life in the early twentieth century, Sandlin shows how tornado chasing helped foster the birth of meteorology, recreating with vivid descriptions some of the most devastating storms in America's history. Drawing on memoirs, letters, eyewitness testimonies, and numerous archives, Sandlin brings to life the forgotten characters and scientists that changed a nation and how successive generations came to understand and finally coexist with the spiraling menace that could erase lives and whole towns in an instant.
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Scientists should not scoff at the absence of technical detail in “Storm Kings.” They are likely to learn a lot about the backgrounds and obsessions of their predecessors, who made real science in the fashion of a tornado itself...Read Full Review of Storm Kings: The Untold Histo... | See more reviews from NY Times
The study of tornadoes makes for a multi-faceted story, and Mr. Sandlin tells it well.Read Full Review of Storm Kings: The Untold Histo... | See more reviews from WSJ online
There is a lot of information in this book which can pique the interest of even the casual reader.Read Full Review of Storm Kings: The Untold Histo... | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
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