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Tying Down the Wind suffers from too much poetry, and not enough content. Descriptions are sometimes hard to follow in audible format, such as how tornados, hurricanes, or other weather patterns form. With all the poetic descriptions of his surroundings or the people, I often found my attention drifting to other things; few other non-fiction books have caused me to do this. At the end of the book, I find I didn't learn very much about the weather. Finally the book just never really went anywhere, it didn't build up to anything. For a good example of how a non-fiction book can do this, check out Flu, an excellent, well-researched, well-written book about the Influenza of 1918 and modern day efforts to track it down.
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Poetry can be a wonderful thing. This is not a textbook of meteorology. It's the poetry of weather.
If you're looking for the best ratio of fact per dollar this is not the book for you. If you'd like to hear about storms on mountain peaks, the majestic dance of clouds, the people who's lives were in some way changed by their encounter with the forces of weather.. from folklore and fable to software and radar, this could be the book for you.
Tying Down the Wind is the sort of book that takes you on a journey. Similar to Carl Sagan's Cosmos in some respects, it reminds us of the beautiful, lonely and epic forces of nature that are all around us. Sit back and let it carry you away on the wind..
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