Storm Kings: The Untold History of America's First Tornado Chasers

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 5, 2013 - History - 304 pages

In Storm Kings, Lee Sandlin retraces America's fascination and unique relationship to tornadoes and the weather. From Ben Franklin's early experiments, to "the great storm debates" of the nineteenth century, to heartland life in the early twentieth century, Sandlin shows how tornado chasing helped foster the birth of meteorology, recreating with vivid descriptions some of the most devastating storms in America's history. Drawing on memoirs, letters, eyewitness testimonies, and numerous archives, Sandlin brings to life the forgotten characters and scientists that changed a nation and how successive generations came to understand and finally coexist with the spiraling menace that could erase lives and whole towns in an instant.

 

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3.5 stars This book starts back in the 17th Century with Puritan Increase Mather's record-keeping of storms. Next, it forwards to Benjamin Franklin and his studies as a “natural philosopher” and what ... Read full review

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I enjoyed the fascinating history of meteorology. It's always interesting to learn about people's thoughts and theories about things that now seem so simple. For example the long debate on whether a ... Read full review

Contents

The Electricians
3
A Little More of the Marvelous
13
To Treat Master Franklin
21
The SoCalled Tornado
31
The Philosophy of Storms
46
Under the
63
One Dead One Exhausted One Converted
78
The Finger ofGod
89
13
132
14
145
xi
198
r7 Canvas and Cellophane
207
13
215
The Unfriendly Sky
217
Visible Effects of the Invisible
238
The Wild Hunt
250

The Great American Desert
101
The Night Watch
118
12
124
A Note on Sources
261
Acknowledgments
267
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Lee Sandlin is the author of Wicked RiverStorm Kings, and The Distancers. He was also an award-winning journalist, essayist, and book reviewer for The Wall Street Journal. Born in Wildwood, Illinois, he grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He died in 2014.

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