• A Furious Sky

  • The Five-Hundred-Year History of America's Hurricanes
  • By: Eric Jay Dolin
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

With A Furious Sky, Eric Jay Dolin has created a vivid, sprawling account of our encounters with hurricanes, from the nameless storms that threatened Columbus' New World voyages to the destruction wrought in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. Weaving a story of shipwrecks and devastated cities, of heroism and folly, Dolin introduces a rich cast of unlikely heroes and puts us in the middle of the most devastating storms of the past, none worse than the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, which killed at least 6,000 people, the highest toll of any natural disaster in American history.

Dolin draws on a vast array of sources as he melds American history, as it is usually told, with the history of hurricanes, showing how these tempests frequently helped determine the nation's course. Hurricanes, it turns out, prevented Spain from expanding its holdings in North America beyond Florida in the late 1500s, and they also played a key role in shifting the tide of the American Revolution against the British in the final stages of the conflict. As he moves through the centuries, following the rise of the United States despite the chaos caused by hurricanes, Dolin traces the corresponding development of hurricane science, from important discoveries made by Benjamin Franklin to the breakthroughs spurred by the necessities of World War II and the Cold War.

©2020 Eric Jay Dolin (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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Good start but went political at the end.

Started off great and was very factual and intriguing right up to the end were it went toward the left side of politics. And it missed a lot of the hurricanes that hit tje east cost,except for Hurricane Sandy otjer than that it missed Hazel,Hugo,Matthew, and any of the others. Could have been a great book if then would just stuck to weather.

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It was very though and thought provoking.

It was a look into the past of our weather of which will have a terrible outcome if we sit by and do nothing but also shows how truly powerless we really are to the rules of nature. something we all can learn and live by, should we repeat the past.

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Must read for coastal residents!

The Furious Sky provides a compelling look at the impact of hurricanes on North America. Every coastal resident and everyone looking to retire in warmer locations should be required to read it. The book is well written. engaging and the reader was perfect.

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