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Tornadoes are nature's most violent storms and can destroy entire towns in a matter of minutes. Intense study is being done to predict these natural disasters and to mitigate their devastating effects.
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Reviewed with The Black Death, edited by Jordan McMullin.
Gr. 9-12. "Natural disasters can have as much impact on human societies as the bloodiest wars," notes the introduction to these titles in the new Great Disasters series. Each volume collects excerpts from articles and historical documents that represent a range of opinions about the science behind cataclysmic events and how those catastrophes have affected human life. In The Black Death readers will be particularly intrigued by a 1365 treatise on plague prevention that suggests avoiding baths and hot food, and a terrifying eyewitness account in Tornadoes that describes what it feels like to be inside a roaring funnel cloud. Black Plague concludes with articles that offer differing views on the plague's repercussions, illustrating the subjectivity of historical interpretation, and Tor nadoes closes with pieces about new tracking and prevention technology. A smattering of maps, photos, and engravings illustrate. Each well-edited selection begins with a concise, clear introduction and an annotated table of contents; appended are a bibliography and suggestions for further research. Excellent titles to support reports or high-school speech assignments. Gillian Engberg
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Book Description Greenhaven Press, 2003. Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP8517441