The Big Ones by Lucy Jones

The Big Ones

By a veteran seismologist of the U.S. Geological Survey, a lively and revealing history of the world's most disruptive natural disasters, their impact on our culture, and new ways of thinking about the ones to comeNatural disasters emerge from the same forces that give our planet life. Earthquakes have provided us with natural springs. Volcanoes have given us fertile soil. A world without floods would be a world without rain. It is only when thes...


Details The Big Ones

TitleThe Big Ones
ISBN9780385542708
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Release DateApr 17th, 2018
PublisherDoubleday Books
GenreNonfiction, Science, History, Environment, Nature
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Reviews The Big Ones

  • Alex
    2018-04-05
    Very informative book. We don't receive this sort of information in public schools as youngsters, but should be more exposed more to what our planet really is. Reminds us of just how NOT in control we are. Takes a book such as this to bring home the facts, which we may gloss over in our daily lives. Highly recommended reading for all.
  • Marc
    2018-06-10
    I highly recommend this book to everyone, regardless of where you live and the disasters that might be most probable. Dr. Lucy Jones, the well-known seismologist, has written a very important argument for planning ahead to handle the natural disasters that are bound to affect us. By exploring the responses to disasters throughout history, she demonstrates how critical it is to be prepared and to think of the communities we are a part of and respo...
  • Ariel
    2018-05-17
    I super love natural disasters. I am, in fact, a supernatural disaster geek. (This stems from a life time of never actually having been in one.) So I saw this book on Edelweiss, and instantly clicked the "request it" button, and I'm very glad I did.It's great! It's a summation of some of the world's biggest natural disasters, but also how societies dealt with - and are still dealing with - them. It delves not only into who we are as humans, but a...
  • Mary Ann
    2018-06-20
    An excellent account of histories largest natural disasters and how we can prepare ourselves for “the big ones” in our future. Written by a senior seismologist who is now a science advisor for risk reduction.
  • Jill
    2018-03-11
    Fire and Ice by Robert FrostSome say the world will end in fire,Some say in ice.From what I’ve tasted of desireI hold with those who favor fire.But if it had to perish twice,I think I know enough of hateTo say that for destruction iceIs also greatAnd would suffice.Undoubtedly, The Voice of New England had the deeds of his fellow humans in mind, rather than so-called Acts of God, when he penned the above rumination in rhyme about a possible apoc...
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    2018-04-12
    The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do About Them) by Lucy Jones is a highly recommended look at eleven of the world's greatest natural disasters. Dr. Jones tells the historical and geological stories of the selected disasters, and what they have revealed about the population effected. Each disaster covered was the "Big One"at the time it happened and fundamentally changed the community and culture in the region. T...
  • Diane Hernandez
    2018-04-16
    A history of disasters and a prediction of The Big Ones fill Dr. Jones' book.Containing a wealth of information about the science underlying disasters, The Big Ones is written in an informal and non-technical manner. From Pompeii and Iceland’s volcanos, to California's 1861 floods, to earthquakes in 1775 Lisbon, 1923 Japan, 2004 Sumatra and 2005 Hurricane Katrina, floods are surprisingly the most dangerous threat. Many people live through an ea...
  • Claudia
    2018-06-28
    Volcano - Earthquake/tsunami - Volcano - Flood - Earthquake - Flood - Earthquake - Earthquake/tsunami - Hurricane/flood - Earthquake - Earthquake/tsunami - the future. Each chapter focuses on the science behind the referenced disaster, what history knows about what happened, how the people reacted in the aftermath and what we could learn from it now.Disasters have come to fascinate humans. They can bring out the best in humanity as well as the wo...
  • Eric Sullenberger
    2018-06-27
    I enjoy geology a lot; right after space science it is probably my favorite science subject (although from a teaching perspective I prefer the hands-on nature of chemistry and physics). To me it seems that geology is a very accessible subject and it holds the interests of readers, and yet books on the topic are not as common as I would like. All of that to say- I am probably biased, but I really enjoyed this book. As an audiobook it was about 9 a...
  • Linda
    2018-06-11
    Jones briefly recounts some of history's greatest disasters from the destruction of Pompeii to some less known, such as the 1861-62 Great Flood of California. But as 4th generation resident of Los Angeles and a seismologist, she has also worked with local governments to plan responses to disasters, mainly large earthquakes in California. So she has also studied the psychology that humans have always used to deal with such natural events and the g...
  • David Webber
    2018-06-10
    This book is neither a good history of the disasters it covers nor (mostly) a good discussion of the science behind them. She selected some intriguing events to discuss, but if you are looking for a good history of these disasters, then skip this. There are some bright points, especially in the earthquake science portions, where Ms. Jones is an expert. And I'm sure Ms. Jones is a talented scientist, but the narrative was all over the place. From ...
  • Jon
    2018-05-24
    A fascinating examination of how humans react to, and prepare for (or not), major natural disasters. The thing that's most striking is how quickly societies forget them. For example, Jones discusses at length a period of rain in California that created a hundreds-mile long lake that inundated the Central Valley and put Los Angeles and Orange Counties under several feet of water for a period of months. This didn't happen in prehistoric times, or 1...
  • Elentarri
    2018-06-03
    This book provides a superficial look at a few of the world's biggest natural disasters and how these disasters effected societies. Jones explores how the disaster victims and relevant governments dealt with the catastrophe and what they are doing to mitigate the adverse effects of any subsequent natural disasters. This is a history book with minimal, superficial science. The book is informative with an easy going writing style, however, I was ho...
  • Nicola
    2018-06-22
    A very interesting read about disasters, specifically with discussion about how humanity politically, sociologically and psychologically reacts to the randomness of natural disasters and why. Dr. Jones emphasizes the importance of science and communicating complex scientific information as a way to empower the public. She argues that if there is a void in information dissemination, it will be filled with untruths and pseudo science often driven b...
  • Lynn
    2018-05-12
    This is a very interesting and concise analysis of how natural disasters from Pompeii through Hurricane Katrina have shaped our understanding of life. The author begins and ends with the potential of a catastrophic San Andreas fault earthquake, which is near to her concerns since she lives in LA. Her main point is that disasters are unavoidable but we can do a better job than we do of preparing for them and reacting to them. Not only was the book...
  • Christopher
    2018-06-10
    Lucy Jones does a great job of shifting between story teller, historian and scientist in this book. It can be quite difficult to read about morbid events in human history that killed many people however I found Jones' approach to describing each event kept me interested and wanting to learn more without feeling terrible about the death and destruction. Furthermore, the nuggets of wisdom Jones was able to pull out of each event provides hope for d...
  • James
    2018-05-11
    Natural disasters are fascinating. Human reactions to them, even more so.This book does a great job of explaining some major ones, including ones I'd never heard of before. It's easy reading, but doesn't skimp on valuable information and facts.Overall, I think all high school students should read this as an introduction to science in RL and how/why disasters happen. Definitely a worthwhile read!
  • Mark Bunch
    2018-07-05
    This one should be a required text in real estate programs in the USA. It gives the reader the required basic understanding on what make up a natural disaster- an event and a reaction- nature and humans,etc. Students of real estate will gain understanding of another aspect of land and cities, Written by a former USGS employee with strong academic credentials, this one is a must read.
  • Chad Kwiatkowski
    2018-07-11
    Excellent book that reshaped my thinking about natural disasters. Not only does she go into the geological aspects of major natural disasters that have shaped human history, she also addresses the human reaction, which is at various time inspiring, surprising, and despicable. Reads smoothly, maps are a bonus. Well worth a read for anyone!
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    2018-04-17
    I live in southern ca Lucy Jones is the face I see on tv when we have earthquakes.She is always calm informative and real.This book is a fascinating tour of natural disasters a real eye opener should be taught in schools.Fascinating for the lay person as well as scientists.Highly recommend,thanks to Doubleday & NetGalley for advance readers copy.
  • Melissa
    2018-05-10
    Listened to the audio. It is not often that a non-fiction book holds my attention long enough to read the whole thing, but I devoured this one. Extremely interesting, accessible, and thought-provoking.
  • Judy
    2018-06-21
    Excellent. There is a lot in here to think about and discuss. Not only is a history of major natural disasters, but also a history of how we deal with them and what we tell ourselves to makes sense of them, even if the stories we tell ourselves are self-defeating.
  • Falbs
    2018-07-16
    Incredible look at natural disasters and this woman has a real talent for storytelling. Living in California, I think about earthquakes a ton, and this book gave me a lot to think about. Highly recommended.
  • Judith
    2018-05-15
    Loved this book. It's very readable and brings up some very important points on how governments don't prepare for natural disasters.
  • Jan
    2018-04-29
    When non-fiction is scarier than fiction.
  • Kellie
    2018-07-01
    I love collections like this -- that build and weave a story that tells us something about ourselves.
  • Reynolds Darke
    2018-06-04
    Very good. Very well written. Well researched by someone who knows what she is talking about.
  • David Johnson
    2018-07-14
    Explores human response to disasters from scientific, philosophical and religious perspective.
  • Heather
    2018-07-05
    Enjoyable, informative, relatable. Jones’s exploration of the human tendency to reject the idea of a random event was fascinating.
  • Edward
    2018-05-21
    Found I was a lot more interested in the disaster stories, not so much the cultural narrative.