A History of Civilization in 50 Disasters

A History of Civilization in 50 Disasters

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In A History of Civilization in 50 Disasters, Gale Eaton weaves tales of the disasters that happen when civilization and nature collide. Volcanoes, fires, floods, and pandemics have devastated humanity for thousands of years, and human improvements such as molasses holding tanks, insecticides, and deepwater oil rigs have created new, unforeseen hazards - yet civilization has advanced not just in spite of these disasters but in part because of them.
Publisher: Thomaston, Maine : Tilbury House Publishers, 2015.
ISBN: 9780884483830
0884483835
Characteristics: xvi, 223 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm

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Sep 21, 2017

This is an extensive number of "disasters" occurring over "millions" of years. Much of the information is good but it is written with an obvious agenda to sermonize and socialize that detracts from the reporting (to me). I enjoyed the inclusion of illness (small pox, flu, polio) that we think little of now, and meteorites, as well as the expected earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and volcanic explosions. The author also includes a detailed bibliography at the end of her book.

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