Sea of Storms: A History of Hurricanes in the Greater Caribbean from Columbus to Katrina, by Stuart B. Schwartz

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Sea of Storms: A History of Hurricanes in the Greater Caribbean from Columbus to Katrina, by Stuart B. Schwartz, Princeton University Press.

Call it a hurricane or a ‘weather bomb’, we’re as much at its mercy as ever, writes Philip Hoare in this review for The Times Higher Education (UK).

I write this in the face of a Cape Cod storm that threatens to blow the little wooden house in which I work clear of the beach and into the sea. And, for all that I inhabit the technologically advanced 21st century, there is nothing I could do about it. Even now, in 2015, we humans have yet to extend our dominion to the greater forces of nature – despite our somewhat hubristic notions of geoengineering and “planet-hacking”.

Equally, on a metaphorical level, it is almost impossible not to see storms and other extreme climatic manifestations as symbols or omens…

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