Brimming with interesting facts and surprising anecdotes, this scientific and cultural history opens our eyes to the wonders of one of nature’s most delicate, delightful, and deadly phenomena: SNOW! Perfect for fans of The Hidden Life of Trees and Rain.
Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.
Whittell also uncovers compelling mysteries of this miraculous substance, such as why avalanches happen, how snow saved a British prime minister’s life, where the legend of the yeti comes from, and the terrifying truth behind the opening ceremony of the 1960 winter Olympics.
Filled with in-depth research and whip-smart prose, Snow is an eye-opening and charming book that illuminates one of the most magnificent wonders of nature.
Giles Whittell is The Times of London’s chief leader writer, and the author of four books previous books, Lambada Country, Extreme Continental, Spitfire Women of World War II, and Bridge of Spies. He lives with his wife and children in South London.
“Just what the season calls for. You know, snow has a lot in common with religion. It comes from heaven. It changes everything. It creates an alternative reality and brings on irrational behavior in humans. But unlike most religions, snow has never had a bible. Until now.” —Peter B., VP, Editor-in-Chief, on Snow