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The Coming Global Superstorm Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2004
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It's time to stop talking about the weather and do something about it. Paranormal superstars Art Bell and Whitley Strieber bring environmentalism to the masses tabloid-style in The Coming Global Superstorm, a quick look at global warming and its potentially catastrophic effects. Like Old Testament prophets, Bell and Strieber embrace lovingly detailed depictions of global cataclysm; unlike them, our modern-day doomsayers have more to go on than that old-time religion. Their writing is clear and straightforward, interspersing hard data with dramatization and speculation to create an engaging, enjoyable, but thoroughly spooky warning of the next Ice Age.
Scoffers would do well to remember the 1900 hurricane that devastated Galveston, Texas, despite the clear warnings--we may have advanced our meteorological knowledge over the 20th century, but is our judgment any better? Bell and Strieber are ultimately optimistic that quick behavior change can avert the big storm for a while, even if archaeological evidence suggests its inevitability. Their solutions range from the small scale (buy fuel-efficient cars) to the grandiose (global cooperation in weather monitoring). Whether their suggestions will help is a moot question (how could we ever know?); surely, though, they won't hurt. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
The message is very scary and convincing: humankind has so polluted the environment that the world's weather is about to react by taking a "ferocious" turn. But the messengers delivering this news seem a bit flaky: Strieber wrote of his own alien abduction episode in Communion; Bell, a late-night radio talk-show host, regularly covers such topics as UFOs, government conspiracies and near-death experiences. They present an imagined sequence for the catastrophic "superstorm," threatening a possible "extinction event" for humans. It's like Orson Welles's The War of the Worlds, only we're fighting the weather instead of Martians. Interspersed with this alarmist scenario are many credible facts about the effects of trapped greenhouse gasses, as well as explanations of how quickly our ecosystem has deteriorated in this century. Reading, the authors are very grave indeed, lending an otherwise dry scientific topic a heightened sense of dramaAand making it play as a thriller on tape. Simultaneous release with the Pocket hardcover. (Dec.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The first is this book has zero notes, bibliography or basically anything aside from in text mentions of where they got their information. I do believe in climate change but a talk show host and an author are hardly qualified to speak about it. Not saying you need to be an expert or climatologist to write a book like this but you certainly need the opinions of some of them and for god sakes CITE THEM. I have a lowly bachelors in history which alone tells me this paper can not be taken seriously. There's really no excuse for this. I've never read a strieber book but I know from his past two books that Art at least understands how to cite from the Quickening. Even the Source had a bibliography this on the other hand has nothing. Are there any primary sources used in their research? I can't tell you because nothing is cited.
The fictional story is boring, its basically what could happen with a huge degree of imagination. The nonfiction section was interesting if you like Graham Hancock's work but with zero notes and basically borrowing 40 % of the book from Fingerprints of the Gods its not original and has almost not link to current weather patterns, and if it did we couldn't trust them anyway because nothing is cited.
The main flaw as you just read is that Art and Whitley just didn't do research properly. Not only should they have told us where they research came from but they should have relied more on present day work of scientists not pseudo science. As interesting as I find Graham Hancock's ideas until they are accepted he is not credible as your main source for current weather change.
Overall the poor treatment of the way this book was constructed probably did more hurt than good.
I don't admire the structure of the book, however I do understand that personalising the tragic events does underline the global nature of the tragedy that is portrayed as happening. This book inspired me to research this topic when I first bought it many years ago and I am absolutely stunned by the events that have and are happening and are accurately described, and possibly forecast.
As i write this my state here in Victoria, is burning, with bushfires after a couple of months of record heat, not in the remote hinterland but on the border of towns and our capital, Melbourne. Meanwhile I correspond with an old school friend who lives in South Wales (UK). They have had a winter of storms, wind and rain that seems unusual weather to say the least. .... and I will not mention the weather in the US, and elsewhere. This sort of weather change is the main story of this book.
The book is suitable for everyone, all ages and all levels of reading. It will stimulate discussion and interest.
I really recommend this book as an easy read about a very complex situation. It will lead you to research and find out how much of it is correct. It has a warning which we can then accept or deny... or at least think about.
P.S. I really disliked the movie, which, in the usual fashion reduced the global dilemma of climate change to the fate of one or two extremely good-looking people. This happens in the book in some places but is balanced by chapters of comment and opinion which provides a focus, and for some people is a starting point for further exploration of the topic.