Picture of author.
4+ teosta 498 jäsentä 17 arvostelua

Tekijän teokset

Associated Works

The New Kings of Nonfiction (2007) — Avustaja — 736 kappaletta
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Autumn 2010 (2010) — Author "The Last Waltz" — 1 kappale

Merkitty avainsanalla


20th century
Lyhyt elämäkerta
LEE SANDLIN is an award-winning journalist and essayist who was born in Wildwood, Illinois, and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He briefly attended the University of Chicago and Roosevelt University before leaving school to travel and write. He lives in Chicago.



Popular history done well. This reads like a collection of short narratives of life on and near the Mississippi River from the first European/American settlements to just after the Civil War when railroads reduced the importance of the river as a form of transportation and began to "tame" the river's natural cycles, making it safer but also less interesting. Lots of action and character sketches, a little light on historical background, this is definitely history as entertainment. But, Sandlin is careful to note sources and he also raises questions about the reliability of historical evidence that will leave the reader pondering.… (lisätietoja)
Merkitty asiattomaksi
kaitanya64 | 10 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 3, 2017 |
Storm Kings: The Untold History of America’s First Tornado Chaser by Lee Sandlin


I can’t help it. I have always been fascinated with natural disasters and the history surrounding them. It sounds morbid perhaps but I always find myself pulled to the hows and the whys of it all. This book did not disappoint on feeding my curiosity on tornadoes and the history of those who have “chased” them to give us the information we know today. I thought the whole book was interesting, some more so than others. Sometimes I felt that while back information was needed that the author went a tad bit more off topic than necessary sometimes but it always came back around to where it needed to so I commend him for that (I’ve read so many history books where the author gets of topic and never seems to actually get back into it, leaving one hanging.) Lee Sandin did quite a bit of research and delved into many books and first-hand accounts to get the details and it was quite educational from beginning to end. Only the epilog delves into the chasers that we know today (those crazy people who drive around in search of destructive tornadoes, putting themselves into grave danger in the name of science) but there is so much history and people that made the knowledge of tornadoes known and no doubt there is much more to learn on the natural phenomenon. A fairly short (260ish pages) and fun read if one enjoys history and science.
… (lisätietoja)
Merkitty asiattomaksi
UberButter | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 9, 2016 |
A colorful, fascinating mix of history, culture, folklore, and geography.
Merkitty asiattomaksi
Sullywriter | 10 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 22, 2015 |
3.5 stars

This book starts back in the 17th Century with Puritan Increase Mather's record-keeping of storms. Next, it forwards to Benjamin Franklin and his studies as a “natural philosopher” and what he learned about storms and the weather. The book continues forward in time, focusing on various people who had a particular interest in studying storms and the weather, up until the storm chasers of today.

It was good, interesting. I love storms, so I have to admit that the descriptions of the various storms were more interesting than the science (though I am sometimes ok with the science, as well). It was definitely interesting to read about what people thought a few hundred years ago. I thought the whole “natural philosophy” was interesting.… (lisätietoja)
Merkitty asiattomaksi
LibraryCin | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 12, 2014 |



You May Also Like

Associated Authors


Also by
Arvio (tähdet)

Taulukot ja kaaviot