A compelling look at natural disasters and their impact on human lives. Will appeal to scientists and non-scientists alike.
Zebrowski's (Pennsylvania Coll. of Technology) examination of natural disasters, ancient and modern, provides a unique look at the intersection of humanity and earth processes. Descriptions of famous and not so famous disasters ranging from tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanoes to epidemics and tornadoes are followed by in-depth discussion of why they occurred. In each case, examination of the effects of these phenomena upon human habitations and structures provides insight into the nature of living on a dynamic planet. The mechanisms for forecasting and their shortcomings are included. This book is well written and interesting, and, although preachy at times, it provides an excellent look at the science behind disaster prediction and prevention. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.Jeanne Davidson, Oregon State Univ. Lib., Corvallis