Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Great Book for Christmas

Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather is best summed up by this review:

Smith skillfully makes this and other controversies seem not just important, but exciting. Meteorology, in his telling, has the same bare-knuckle energy we see in politics or sports. These battles, many of which Smith himself fought in, reveal how much of our modern, weather-safe lifestyle is contingent on personalities, and could have gone another way.

While weather forecasters often appear starchy and bland, Smith makes the weather into an urgent concern, and a remarkable victory. This story turns the weather into a quest, and meteorologists into the most unlikely heroes in recent literature.

With the news that 99% of the fatality-causing tornadoes of 2011 were forecast and warned of in advance strongly supports the subtitle of the book or, as reviewer Nenstiel puts it, "a remarkable victory."

If you want to give a book that tells a real story with drama and relevance, please consider Warnings...with its 5-star reviews at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble and other superb reviews.

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