Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future

By Lauren Redniss

From the nationwide e-book Award finalist Lauren Redniss, writer of Radioactive, comes a blinding fusion of storytelling, visible paintings, and reportage that grapples with climate in all its dimensions: its possibility and its good looks, why it occurs and what it means.


climate is the very air we breathe—it shapes our day-by-day lives and alters the process historical past. In Thunder & Lightning, Lauren Redniss tells the tale of climate and humankind in the course of the ages.

This wide-ranging paintings roams from the driest barren region on the earth to a frigid island within the Arctic, from the Biblical flood to the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Redniss visits the headquarters of the nationwide climate provider, recounts top-secret rainmaking operations throughout the Vietnam warfare, and examines the industrial influence of mess ups like storm Katrina. Drawing on broad learn and numerous interviews, she examines our personal day and age, from our so much own decisions—Do i would like an umbrella today?—to the notable demanding situations we are facing with international weather change.

Redniss produced every one component of Thunder & Lightning: the textual content, the paintings, the covers, and each web page in among. She created the various photographs utilizing the antiquated printmaking procedure copper plate photogravure etching. She even designed the book’s typeface.

the result's a e-book in contrast to the other: a spellbinding mix of storytelling, artwork, and science.

Praise for Thunder & Lightning

“[An] aesthetically charged and deeply researched account . . . a wild rainstorm of a ebook, pelting the reader with rules and inspiration.”Nature

“A wonderful and illuminating illustrated research of climate in all its tempestuous style . . . Redniss’s blend of truth, folklore, and colourful etched copperplate prints enthralls.”O: The Oprah Magazine

“Eerily appealing . . . includes lots of clinical clarification (including various nods towards international warming), but additionally far-flung own tales that remove darkness from the wonder, ask yourself and chaos inherent within the elements.”The ny Times

“Magical . . . Redniss has . . . proven us how humans reside with nature—fighting, coexisting, taming, predicting through leech barometer and radar and intuition.”The manhattan occasions e-book Review

“[A] twenty-first-century genius . . . Redniss is inventing a brand new literary style. . . . The reader prepared to place herself totally in Redniss’s arms should be rewarded with a scrumptious feeling of being enveloped via a phenomenon that eclipses the chiming minutiae of day-by-day life.”Elle

“Lends a graphic-novel-like attract to a few of nature’s such a lot curious paradoxes.”Vogue

“Redniss is among the such a lot artistic technological know-how writers of our time—her mix of lovely art, reporting, and poetic prose brings technology to existence in ways in which phrases by myself easily cannot.”—Rebecca Skloot

“Redniss combines her personal twin punch of expressive artwork and ambitious erudition to provide a completely new tackle all that occurs above our heads. this is often an illuminated booklet that also is an illuminating one.”—Adam Gopnik

“A strange and beautiful factor, the paintings of a first class brain that refuses to undergo any different types or precedent.”—Dave Eggers

“Beautiful and absolutely original.”—Elizabeth Kolbert

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