Revised and updated 10 years after its first publication, Floods, Famines and Emperors remains the definitive account of how the world's best-known climate event had an indelible impact on history.
"Fagan describes the mechanisms and effects of El Niños, La Niñas and other far-reaching meteorological events and then discusses how several societies have coped with them. Could severe climatic change topple a modern civilization? 'No one force--overpopulation, global warming, or rapid climate change--will destroy our civilization. But the combination of all three makes us prey to the knockout blow that could.'" (Scientific American)
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Potentially excellent, heavily flawed
I have no complaints about the actual text- interesting subject matter and the text is on the whole well written. Unfortunately, the well-written prose and fascinating facts are robbed of any interest by the turgid and monotonous narration. I found myself getting frustrated at how boring this otherwise excellent book was being made simply by a poor choice of narrator.
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Rambles alot. Doesn't seem to come to a conclussion. I normally like Fagan's work, but this...
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How many times can we say El Nino
Man made global warming, No thought given to solar cycles and space weather.
A much better book would be Nature's Mutiny: How the Little Ice Age Transformed the West and Shaped the Present