Storm

Cover image of a dark and stormy coast, overlaid with the title.

Paperback - September 2016 - AU $34.99

An in-depth and unique look at the nature of storms and their impact on our societal, cultural and scientific lives.

Storms affect our lives in many remarkable and powerful ways. Gales, hurricanes, cyclones, blizzards, tornados, hail and sand and dust storms regularly demonstrate the awesome power of nature that all of us experience in some form. But what causes them? What role have they played in our history, religion and the arts? And will climate change make them even more destructive? + Full description

This strikingly illustrated book takes an in-depth and unique look at the nature of storms and their impact on our lives. It shows how storms have changed the course of history, playing a decisive role in major battles and momentous revolutions from Roman times to the modern day. It describes the deadliest storms in history, such as the Bangladesh cyclone of 1970 that killed perhaps a million people, and explains how humans have tried to control storms through religion, superstition and science. Despite their potent ability to cause destruction, storms also benefit humanity.

Storm also describes the major role they have played in the arts, from Shakespeare's plays to novels such as Robinson Crusoe and famous works of art by Rembrandt, Constable, Monet, Munch and Turner.

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Details

Paperback | September 2016 | $ 34.99
ISBN: 9781780236612
Publisher: Reaktion Books

Authors

John Withington is an award-winning television journalist and one of Britain’s leading disaster historians. He is the author of Flood: Nature and Culture (Reaktion, 2013), A Disastrous History of the World (2008) and London’s Disasters (2011).