The Weather Factor: How Nature Has Changed History

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Hodder & Stoughton, Apr 11, 2013 - History - 324 pages

Throughout history, natural elements have been responsible for the deaths of more people than the spear, bullet or atomic bomb. Floods have drowned millions, droughts and famines wiped out entire populations, frost has halted invincible armies, and storms have sunk unsinkable fleets.

When facing the weather, its unpredictability can lead to incredible disasters. Though we have made major advancements in collecting and forecasting the weather, huge seas, skies, rain-falls and freezes have confounded us since the days when Noah was forced to take to the Ark.

Erik Durschmied uses his formidable knowledge of military strategy and his skill at human observation to give examples of how man can never prepare for the unexpected.

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Accounts of how the weather has affected human history (mostly military) from Noah to 'Nam.Durschmied (The Hinge Factor, not reviewed) returns to the field of what-if history with descriptions of 15 ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Erik Durschmied was born in Vienna in 1930. After the Second World War he emigrated to Canada. A television war correspondent for the BBC and CBS, Durschmied covered every major crisis including Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Belfast, Beirut, Chile, Cuba and Afghanistan. Winner of numerous awards, Newsweek wrote 'Durschmied is a supremely gifted reporter who has transformed the media he works in.' And in Le Monde: 'He's survived more battles than any living general.' He lives in Paris and Provence with his family.

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