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  • Hodder & Stoughton

The Weather Factor

Erik Durschmied

5 Reviews

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Prose: non-fiction, History: specific events & topics, Military history, Meteorology & climatology

Throughout history, the weather has been responsible for the deaths of more people than the spear, bullet or atomic bomb. Following his acclaimed THE HINGE FACTOR, Erik Durschmied now casts his experienced and entertaining eye over history's dramatic changes through climate.

Despite major improvements in collecting information and forecasting the weather, the 'factor of the unpredictable' is as real today, as it was in days when Noah was forced to set sail on the ark. Floods have drowned millions, droughts and famines have wiped out entire populations, frost has brought a sudden halt to invincible armies, and storms have sunk unsinkable armadas. When man comes to face nature's elements, it is not so much human incompetence as the uncertainty of the weather that leads on to disaster.

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Praise for The Weather Factor


  • 'Durschmeid brings an eye for the telling detail.' - Independent

  • His tales of mayhem and confusion can be gripping, informative and genuinely idea-provoking. He reveals again and again, the casual impact of happenstance. - Independent

  • This entertaining book considers the errors and incidents that have shaped the world as we know it rather than as we planned it might be. - The Times

  • His vivid descriptions of battles explain all. - Choice, London

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Erik Durschmied

Erik Durschmied was born in Vienna in 1930. After the Second World War he emigrated to Canada. A television war correspondent for the BBC and CBS, Durschmied covered every major crisis, from Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Belfast, Beirut, Chile, to Cuba and Afghanistan. Winner of numerous awards, Newsweek wrote 'Durschmied is a supremely gifted reporter who has transformed the media he works in.' And in Le Monde: 'He's survived more battles than any living general.' Erik has just been appointed Professor of Military History at The Military Academy of Austria. He lives in Paris and Provence with his family.

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