When the forces that give our planet life exceed our abilityto withstand them, they become disasters. Together they have shaped ourcities and architecture, elevated leaders and toppled governments, influencedthe way we think, feel, fight, unite and pray. The history of naturaldisasters is a history of ourselves.
The Big Ones investigates some of the most impactful naturaldisasters, and how their reverberations are still felt today. From avolcanic eruption in Pompeii challenging and reinforcing prevailing views ofreligion, through the California floods of 1862 and the limitations of memory,to what Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 tsunami can tell us about governance andglobalisation. With temperatures rising around the world, naturaldisasters are striking with ever greater frequency.
More than just history or science, The Big Onesis a call toaction. Natural hazards are inevitable; human catastrophes are not. With this energising and richly-researched book, Jones offers a look at ourpast, readying us to face down the Big Ones in our future.