The Year Without Summer

The Year Without Summer

1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History

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As a result of a volcanic eruption in Indonesia in 1815, weather patterns were disrupted worldwide for months and in the U.S., the extraordinary weather produced food shortages, religious revivals, and extensive migration. In Europe, the cold and wet summer led to famine, food riots, transformation of stable communities into bands of wandering beggars, and one of the worst typhus epidemics in history.
Publisher: New York : St Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312676452
Characteristics: 338 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Klingaman, Nicholas P.


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Dec 07, 2017

This is a wonderful book full of great details and historical background. It shows how one far away meteorological disaster can reach worldwide to create havoc. The volcano proved to be a perfect storm which was a nightmare for the many who perished not only from the volcano itself but from its far reaching consequences. A riveting read, highly recommended.

Sep 16, 2014

I agree entirely with the previous review. A very good start but becomes very dull after that. For a book with a strong geographical basis there is not one map or diagram in the book. A map may have helped one reviewer quoted on the cover who placed Indonesia in the Pacific Ocean. Disappointing.

Mar 22, 2014

Sorry, but this is pretty boring. Not recommended unless you have a serious historical interest in this time period. The first chapter is good and discusses the eruption of Tambora in Indonesia, and how the ash from the eruption eventually blocked sunlight and cooled global temperatures in 1816. However the rest of the book is a series of dry facts about rainfall, temperatures and harvests in the U.S. and Europe in 1816. It's like reading a Farmer's Almanac. A few historical figures are discussed from Napoleon to Lord Byron, but again it's not compelling to read. If you want a better book about a volcanic eruption in the 1800's, I would recommend Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester.

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