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Forces of Nature: Our Quest to Conquer the Planet Hardcover – March 27, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1616146016 ISBN-10: 161614601X
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"The Forces of Nature examines the intriguing interplay between society and nature in a very interesting and unique manner using a captivating geographical context. Vann weaves a fascinating tapestry combining the vivid descriptions of catastrophic natural disasters and the even more enthralling manner in which civilizations—both old and current—have coped with those disasters. This is a book not to be missed!"
-Randy Cerveny, President’s Professor of Geographical Sciences, Arizona State University, and author of Weather’s Greatest Mysteries Solved!

About the Author

Barry A. Vann is professor of geography and higher education at the University of the Cumberlands. He is the author of Puritan Islam: The Geoexpansion of the Muslim World; Rediscovering the South’s Celtic Heritage; In Search of Ulster-Scots Land: The Birth and Geotheological Imagings of a Transatlantic People; and (with Ellsworth Huntington) Geography toward History: Studies in the Mediterranean Basin and Mesopotamia.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161614601X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616146016
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,431,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Barry A. Vann is director of community and higher education and professor of geography at the University of the Cumberlands. He is the author of Rediscovering the South's Celtic Heritage; In Search of Ulster-Scots Land: The Birth and Geotheological Imaginings of a Transatlantic People; and (with Ellsworth Huntington) Geography Toward History: Studies in the Mediterranean Basin and Mesopotamia; Puritan Islam: The Geoexpansion of the Muslim World; and The Forces of Nature: Our Quest to Conquer the Planet.

Professor Vann has been a guest on a number of radio and television shows, including BBC Scotland; Fox News Channel's "Spirited Debate" with Lauren Green; "Science Fantastic" with Professor Michio Kaku; "Ecotopia", "the Mancow Experience", and "Tennessee Life" with Stephanie Aldrich. His writings have appeared in the Huffington Post; the Journal of Transatlantic Studies; the Journal of American History; Geography of Religions and Belief Systems; the Journal of Historical Sociology; Human Resource Development Quarterly; and SBS Journal of Applied Business Research. He enjoys speaking on a range of historical and geographic topics and is an avid golfer and cyclist.

Author photo © Amy Vann

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Wayne Dworsky on December 29, 2013
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Forces of Nature is complete in depicting what we humans lack control of. It focuses on how technology fits into the bigger puzzle. Lots of people write books about the forces of nature, but none have captured the true call of those forces like Barry A. Vann does in epoch fashion.

The book is loaded with unique tables, maps and images that safe-guard the deepest secrets that nature hides from us. Together, the author opens a window into the complex tangle of information and sorts out what we need to know about the forces of nature and what it might mean for mankind. In his amazing analysis, Vann unravels many of nature’s mysteries and categorizes them according to weather patters, geography and how they effect human settlements.

Vann’s voice is unmistakably strong and literate. He bravely treads where others have only thought about. We need more eagle-eyed writers like Vann in the repertoire of science and technology titles. Don’t miss this one!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeacherofSS on December 25, 2012
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This was a required reading for a class taught by the author. I wouldn't have read it otherwise although it is surprisingly interesting.
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