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Description - Storm Kings by Lee Sandlin

"With 16 pages of black-and-white illustrations From the acclaimed author of Wicked River comes Storm Kings, a riveting tale of supercell tornadoes and the quirky, pioneering, weather-obsessed scientists whose discoveries created the science of modern meteorology. hile tornadoes have occasionally been spotted elsewhere, only the central plains of North America have the perfect conditions for their creation. For the early settlers the sight of a funnel cloud was an unearthly event. They called it the Storm King, and their descriptions bordered on the supernatural- it glowed green or red, it whistled or moaned or sang. In Storm Kings, Lee Sandlin explores America's fascination with and unique relationship to tornadoes. From Ben Franklin's early experiments to the great storm war of the nineteenth century to heartland life in the early twentieth century, Sandlin re-creates with vivid descriptions some of the most devastating storms in America's history, including the Tri-state Tornado of 1925 and the Peshtigo fire tornado, whose deadly path of destruction was left encased in glass. rawing on memoirs, letters, eyewitness testimonies, an

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780307473585
ISBN-10: 0307473589
Format: Paperback / softback
(203mm x 132mm x 18mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 15-Mar-2014
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lee Sandlin

Lee Sandlin is the author of Wicked River- The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild and reviews books for The Wall Street Journal. His essay Losing the War was included in the anthology The New Kings of Nonfiction. He lives in Chicago.

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