"Just in time for hurricane season is this long view of how these devastating storms have shaped the history of the New World. Before reliable forecasting was possible, hurricanes striking Galveston, the Florida Keys, and New England claimed thousands of lives. The accounts of Katharine Hepburn's narrow escape from the Great Hurricane of 1938 (page 162-3) and of the destruction here in Boston from Hurricane Carol (page 226) are amazing. All the indications are that global warming will make future hurricanes even more severe..."
With A Furious Sky, best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin tells the history of America itself through its five-hundred-year battle with the fury of hurricanes.
In this “compelling” chronicle (New York Times Book Review), Eric Jay Dolin tells the history of America through its battles with hurricanes.
Weaving together tales of tragedy and folly, of heroism and scientific progress, best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin shows how hurricanes have time and again determined the course of American history, from the nameless storms that threatened the New World voyages to our own era of global warming and megastorms. Along the way, Dolin introduces a rich cast of unlikely heroes, and forces us to reckon with the reality that future storms will likely be worse, unless we reimagine our relationship with the planet.