New in paperback – Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World


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The Eruption That Changed the World

Gillen D’Arcy Wood

Honorable Mention for the 2014 ASLI Choice Award in History, Atmospheric Science Librarians International

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please visit: where you will also find this author interview to view:book trailer When Indonesia’s Mount Tambora erupted in 1815, it unleashed the most destructive wave of extreme weather the world has witnessed in thousands of years. The volcano’s massive sulfate dust cloud enveloped the Earth, cooling temperatures and disrupting major weather systems for more than three years. Communities worldwide endured famine, disease, and civil unrest on a catastrophic scale.

"This engaging interdisciplinary study links Tambora’s disruption of global weather patterns not only to Arctic melting, famine, and cholera but to the landscape paintings of William Turner, the debts that plagued Thomas Jefferson near the end of his life, the elegiac verse of the Chinese poet Li Yuyang, and Mary Shelley’s novel ‘Frankenstein,’ written in 1816, the ‘Year without a Summer.’ The lessons of Tambora’s ‘Frankenstein weather’–as Wood is quick to point out–may carry special weight in today’s era of climate upheaval."–The New Yorker

Paperback | 2015 | $19.95 / £13.95 | ISBN: 9780691168623
Hardcover | 2014 | $29.95 / £19.95 | ISBN: 9780691150543
eBook edition | ISBN: 9781400851409

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