The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (And What We Can Do About Them)
- Earth and the Environment, Best of 2018
How the world was shaped
Earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, volcanoes—they stem from the same forces that give our planet life. They have shaped our cities and their architecture; elevated leaders and toppled governments. The history of natural disasters is a history of ourselves.
Leading seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones offers a bracing look at some of the world’s greatest natural disasters, both ancient & modern, whose effects we continue to feel. With population in hazardous regions growing and temperatures around the world rising, the impacts of these disasters are greater than ever before. Natural hazards are inevitable; human catastrophes are not. With this energizing and exhaustively researched book, Dr. Jones offers a look at our past to prepare for our future.
“The Big Ones is a timely and essential remembrance of how natural disasters have changed the world in dramatic ways. Lucy Jones is a first-rate storyteller and fine researcher.” —Douglas Brinkley, bestselling author of Rightful Heritage and The Great Deluge
“Nobody does a better job of explaining the science of disasters and the psychology of humans than Lucy Jones. This book is priceless—both as a history and a prophecy.” —Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World and The Unthinkable
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||April 17, 2018|