Blame It On The Rain: How the Weather Has Changed History

Paperback | August 15, 2006

byLaura Lee

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An amazing, enlightening, and endlessly entertaining look at how weather has shaped our world.

Throughout history, great leaders have fallen, the outcomes of mighty battles have been determined, and the tides of earth-shattering events have been turned by a powerful, inscrutable force of nature: the weather. In Blame It on the Rain, author Laura Lee explores the amazing and sometimes bizarre ways in which weather has influenced our history and helped to bring about sweeping cultural change. She also delights us with a plethora of fascinating weather-related facts (Did you know that more Britons die of sunburn every year than Australians?), while offering readers a hilarious overview of humankind's many absurd attempts to control the elements.

  • If a weather-produced blight hadn't severely damaged French vineyards, there might never have been a California wine industry. . . .

  • What weather phenomenon was responsible for the sound of the Stradivarius?

  • If there had been a late autumn in Russia, Hitler could have won World War II. . . .

  • Did weather play a part in Truman's victory over Dewey?

Eye-opening, edifying, and totally unexpected, Blame It on the Rain is a fascinating appreciation of the destiny-altering vagaries of mother nature&#8212and it's even more fun than watching the Weather Channel!

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An amazing, enlightening, and endlessly entertaining look at how weather has shaped our world.Throughout history, great leaders have fallen, the outcomes of mighty battles have been determined, and the tides of earth-shattering events have been turned by a powerful, inscrutable force of nature: the weather. In Blame It on the Rain, aut...

Laura Lee is the author of eight books. She brings to her writing a unique background including stints as a morning show DJ, improvisational comedian and a professional mime. She now lives in her native Michigan where she writes speeches for some of the world's largest corporations and edits her church newsletter.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:August 15, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060839821

ISBN - 13:9780060839826

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Very Well-Written Page-Turner on Weather in Hist In no less than fifty-six chapters, the author guides the reader through just as many thrilling historical moments where the weather, not just the rain, has played a major role in shaping the events. The many stories are recounted in chronological order. They start with the Stone Age and go right up to the end of the twentieth century. The author’s writing style is particularly noteworthy; it is clear, friendly and very often witty and tongue-in-cheek. Unusual or foreign terms are defined as they occur. If you are a history buff, you will find this book particularly difficult to put down; each exciting historical event which is described in, on average, about five pages, is followed by another one just as exciting. So, one is continuously tempted to read “just one more short chapter”. The book ends with an eighteen page bibliography, for those wanting to know more. Highly recommended to everyone!
Date published: 2006-09-05

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“...crisp, direct, and playful while at the same time powerful.”