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Publisher Description

In Storm Kings, Lee Sandlin retraces America's fascination and unique relationship to tornadoes and the weather. From Ben Franklin's early experiments, to "the great storm debates" of the nineteenth century, to heartland life in the early twentieth century, Sandlin shows how tornado chasing helped foster the birth of meteorology, recreating with vivid descriptions some of the most devastating storms in America's history. Drawing on memoirs, letters, eyewitness testimonies, and numerous archives, Sandlin brings to life the forgotten characters and scientists that changed a nation and how successive generations came to understand and finally coexist with the spiraling menace that could erase lives and whole towns in an instant.

March 5
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

lockhart109 ,


It's fascinating to see how little attention was paid to the study of tornadoes. This book goes into great detail of fascinating stories about the people involved through the past 3+ centuries of American life.

PierresFamily ,

Informative read

This is a great book for science nerds like myself, and history lovers should enjoy it, as well. It was quite interesting, and I learned so much about the history of weather forecasting, as well as the dynamics of the “storm kings.” The good only thing I would add, would be some pictures of damage from some of the tornado outbreaks that occurred after the advent of photography.

KikoDart ,

Great Read

Just finished this book after finding a review online somewhere. Great story about all the major players and the evolution of tornado science. Not too technical for a nonscientific mind like mine. Great historical facts and insight into the character and history of the players. Interest to me as I was a supervisor in a call center in Ohio the evening of April 3,1974 while still in college. Still recall as a very scary evening. Thoughts for the recent Moore, OK residents.

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