Blame It on the Rain
How the Weather Has Changed History
By Laura Lee
(HarperCollins Publishers, Paperback, 9780060839826, 314pp.)
Publication Date: August 2006
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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—and it's even more fun than watching the Weather Channel!