Book Review-‘A Furious Sky: The five-hundred-year history of America’s hurricanes’ by E. J. Dolin

By Ian R. Stone, published January 2021

Abstract

This book is exactly what it purports to be: a straightforward and popular account of the effects of the various large hurricanes that have impacted on the United States over the last 500 years and of the various characters, often seeming to be somewhat larger than life, who were involved in actions during them, in assessing or predicting them. This reviewer would have welcomed information on the great Bay of Bengal storms, those of the Far East and those of the southern Indian Ocean, affecting Mauritius, Reunion, Rodrigues, etc., but this is a book directed exclusively at a United States readership and it is unchivalrous to blame an author for not doing what he has not set out to do.

What he has done is an immense amount of thorough research on his topic and, of course, this must have required more effort the further back in time one goes. To this end one might expect a lack of consistency in the accounts of the various incidents presented but this reviewer did not detect anything of the sort and the text runs smoothly from start to finish…

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