Storm Kings by Lee Sandlin
The Untold History of America's First Tornado Chasers

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The study of tornadoes makes for a multi-faceted story, and Mr. Sandlin tells it well.
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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.

 

About Lee Sandlin

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Lee Sandlin is the author of Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild and reviews books for The Wall Street Journal. His essay "Losing the War" was included in the anthology The New Kings of Nonfiction. He lives in Chicago.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Vintage. 321 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Michael Pollak on May 27 2013

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...

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Reviewed by GERARD HELFERICH on Mar 08 2013

The study of tornadoes makes for a multi-faceted story, and Mr. Sandlin tells it well.

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Reviewed by Diane Brandley on Mar 05 2013

There is a lot of information in this book which can pique the interest of even the casual reader.

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