Author Erik Durschmied writes striking descriptions of the elemental world and its at times catastrophic impact on life. These heart-stopping essays enable the listener to relive 15 different occasions when inclement weather has altered history. The essays are as brief and vivid as comic book vignettes, although the past news reported here is real and quite dire. Narrator Chris Kayser’s nostalgic radio-news-announcer style highlights the vivid writing and heightens each fateful weather event. Some events reported here are famous, but rarely has the impact of bad weather been given its proper due in turning the tide of history. Listeners will value the chance to wonder what would have been different if the weather had not weighed in with such insistence.
A riveting examination of the human experience as Mother Nature wreaks havoc.
From the author of The Hinge Factor comes a thrilling series of dramatic historical re-creations revealing how the fate of humankind has often been decided by the uncontrollable, unpredictable power of weather. From the doomed campaigns of the Roman legions and Napoleon to the fate of US forces in the South Pacific and Vietnam, torrential rain, brutal winters, monster typhoons, and killer hurricanes have had far-reaching - and often terrifying - consequences.
As Erik Durschmied vividly describes in heart-stopping vignettes, the elements have influenced human history even more than the spear, bullet, or atomic bomb. Drawing upon extensive research, as well as the author’s own experiences in Vietnam, The Weather Factor gives a fascinating account of the inevitable collision between weather fronts and human conflict.