Rating: 1-5: (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5
Genre: Non-fiction, History
What did you like about the book? Starting in prehistoric times with the extinction of the Neanderthals, fifty calamities that shaped the course of civilization are described. The chosen disasters are weighted towards current times, including eight disasters that occurred in this century: 2004 Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, Haitian Earthquake, Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, Nuclear Meltdown in Japan, Ebola Virus, and climate change. The three to four pages entries are brief, but well detailed. Illustrations are small, but plentiful and well-chosen. For readers who wish to pursue further information, the author provides extensive assistance: thirty pages of sources and additional resources and twenty-eight pages of endnotes!
Anything you didn’t like about it? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend to readers in high school and older who like to read about dramatic historical events.
Who should buy this book? High school libraries and public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Shelve with other books about General World History in 909.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Top half of the pile if the topic interests you.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 2/19/17