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A wildly invigorating new exploration of moving air.
Wind-launched missiles and wind-tossed airplanes, sand dunes and the Dust Bowl, shipwrecks and wind-riding spiders, wind power, windmills, and wars—on page after page of his brisk and ever-intriguing new book, Bill Streever reveals the history-shaping force of wind’s real nature.
Seeking a deep immersion into his subject, Streever, a novice sailor, sets out on a 50-year old sailboat named after Don Quixote’s horse to sail from Texas to Guatemala. How better for him to explore and experience the winds that built empires, the storms that wrecked them, and the surprising history and science of moving air?
A bestselling scientist and nature writer who goes to extremes, Bill Streever sets off to find out what heat really means. Firewalk across hot coals and sweat it out in Death Valley, experience intense fever and fire, learn about the invention of matches and the chemistry of cooking, drink crude oil, and explore thermonuclear weapons and the hottest moment of all time. Written in Streever’s conversational style, Heat is a compulsively readable personal narrative that leaves readers with a new vision of an everyday experience—how heat works, its history, and its connection to daily life.
A bestselling narrative adventure through the coldest places, chilliest times, and frostiest experiences on Earth, from avalanches to glaciers and seals to snowflakes, from igloos to icebergs, permafrost to hoarfrost, chilblains to frostbite to absolute zero, Streever unearths the consistent, ongoing influence of cold on the planet. Called by Mary Roach writing for The New York Times Book Review “a love song to science and scientists, to Earth and everything that lives on and flies over and tunnels under it.” This is a book that chills, thrills, and instructs, ultimately leaving readers with a new appreciation for all things cold.