October 22, 2007

Book Review - Winds of Change

The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations
Eugene Linden
QC 981.8 .C5 L567 2006

Linden's book examines the reaction of societies to climate change. Using an historical perspective, he argues that societies become complacent during good weather, then are disrupted or destroyed altogether by bad weather either through its direct effects or indirectly by disease or civil unrest. He uses this historical analysis to evaluate the possible effects of destructive weather systems that we are increasingly experiencing. He discusses El Nino, Hurricane Katrina, and changing oceanic currents, highlighting their effects on society and public opinion, and predicting how continued climate unrest might continue to impact our political and social structures.