Blame It on the Rain: How the Weather Has Changed History by Laura Lee

By Laura Lee

an awesome, enlightening, and forever pleasing examine how climate has formed our international.

all through heritage, nice leaders have fallen, the results of strong battles were decided, and the tides of earth-shattering occasions were grew to become by way of a robust, inscrutable strength of nature: the elements. In Blame It at the Rain , writer Laura Lee explores the superb and occasionally weird and wonderful ways that climate has motivated our background and helped to lead to sweeping cultural switch. She additionally delights us with a plethora of interesting weather-related evidence (Did you recognize that extra Britons die of sunburn each year than Australians?), whereas supplying readers a hilarious review of humankind's many absurd makes an attempt to regulate the weather.

  • If a weather-produced blight hadn't seriously broken French vineyards, there could by no means were a California wine undefined. . . .

  • What climate phenomenon was once accountable for the sound of the Stradivarius?

  • If there have been a overdue autumn in Russia, Hitler may have received global warfare II. . . .

  • Did climate play a component in Truman's victory over Dewey?

Eye-opening, edifying, and absolutely unforeseen, Blame It at the Rain is an engaging appreciation of the destiny-altering vagaries of mom nature—and it truly is much more enjoyable than staring at the elements Channel!

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The number of Roman dead was estimated to be about twenty thousand. It was a brutal, humiliating, and painful loss for the Romans. When Augustus received news of the loss, he cried “Varus! ” Never again would Rome assign the numbers XVII, XVIII, or XIX to a legion. Rome was not about to let Arminius have the last word. Germanicus Tiberius Caesar set out with a new contingent to prove that the Romans were still the mightiest military force in the land. Five years after the first battle, the Roman legions marched back into Teutoburger Forest.

Saladin’s sister seemed ideal to command a great ransom, but the sultan refused to pay. Meanwhile, Saladin’s son, Malik al-Afdal, had asked for and been granted safe passage through Raymond’s provinces. He agreed to pass through the territory between sunrise and sunset and not to bother the towns. As the Turks were camping peacefully, a group of knights, led by Gérard de Ridefort, attacked. It was a foolish move; the knights were vastly outnumbered by the Muslim warriors, who surrounded and decapitated most of them.

While a samurai was boasting of his parentage, a Mongol horde attacked him. It did not take long for the Japanese to realize that the Mongols were not playing by the rules, and they withdrew to a defensive position, to rethink their strategy. Meanwhile, the Mongols were out in the open, ripe for attack. As night fell, they decided to go back into their ships, which they thought would provide them safety and protection, leaving their Korean vassals behind to be slaughtered by the Japanese. To cover their retreat, they set fire to the Hagosaki shrine.

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