The Coming Storm by Michael Lewis

The Coming Storm

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis... Weather can be deadly — especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain.In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data — and how Washin...

Details The Coming Storm

TitleThe Coming Storm
Release DateJul 31st, 2018
PublisherAudible Studios
GenreNonfiction, Science, Audiobook, Politics

Reviews The Coming Storm

  • Lena
    The most relevant audiobook of the year.The unsung heroes at NOAA will likely save you life someday (soon).Or not.Check out Audible’s informative page:
  • Angus McKeogh
    Great, concise story about weather and data science. Some interesting backstory about the current administration. Had me taking baby steps by deleting Accuweather from my phone. Worth a listen. Lewis always has the best information about topics. Recommended.
  • Barbara
    This short account of how data helps us, and is kept from us, was riveting. Weather data has long been collected by NOAA, and paid for with our tax dollars. Some entrepreneurial types created a way to sell this data back to American consumers via weather apps and websites. Shockingly, they also found ways to make sure that the free government data was buried and in many cases, NOAA and other entities were prohibited from sharing this data. Weathe...
  • Anne ✨
    This turned out to be an insightful look 'behind-the-scenes' at the politics and considerations of weather data collection and reporting, specifically: access to the data, responsibilities of the government to warn/protect its citizens and its track record on neutrality in managing it. You will hear about the viewpoints and motivations of different parties, such as NOAA, Public Weather Service, NASA, and profit players like Accu-Weather. It was s...
  • Pete
    michael lewis doing michael lewis things - you may be shocked to hear this but the trump administration may not be 100% altruistic in its policy and personnel decisions - which includes a shithead of mythical extent trying to *paywall the weather*this is short; owing to graceful oblique narrative and also i think there is some kind of sequel coming? idk but this is 100% worth 2.5 hours, especially if you get it free as an audible subscriber
  • Arnis
  • David Hillinck
    Michael Lewis, best known for his financial journalism ("Moneyball," "The Big Short," etc.) has been commissioned by Audible to produce a series of long-form pieces about how well U.S. citizens are served by the large, bureaucratic agencies (Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, etc.) that often receive little more than back page coverage in print newspapers. His first entry is "The Coming Storm," which looks at the ...
  • Russ
    I never expected a one-sided, fear mongering pile of propaganda from Lewis. I've enjoyed his other books. I've never found his personal politics to intrude on his writing. Lefty politics seeps out of this short book. I think his premise is to warn us about the Trump administration dismantling the national weather service or at least privatizing it. Lewis sets out the greedy capitalists versus the altruistic government employees. His argument is t...
  • Karen Finch
    Not Lewis’s finest. I’ve enjoyed previous books because they were so well laid out and organized and interesting. I didn’t like his last book that well either. Hopefully he’ll get back to his old style of writing. If not his next book will be my last. This book jumped all over the place. He also politicized the topic. Obama = good. Trump = bad. (Of course)The section on big data was interesting though. Glad it was short.
  • Ali
    As an economist and a data analytics professional, I loved this book. It highlighted the role of data and how important it is to use the data to increase our knowledge and to improve our decisions. It is sad to see how this administration is destroying one true national wealth.
  • Kennedy
    It is appaling what Trump is doing to information collection in the federal government.
  • Bruce Katz
    Well done and interesting. A short work that looks at NAOA and the Commerce Department, advances and opportunities in data collection/analysis, why forecasts are getting better and more important to more audiences, and the threats to the National Weather Service coming from the private sector. Lewis makes numerous troubling assertions about the nature and substance of those threats. Others, including a respondent in the messages below, challenge ...
  • John
    Short Audible Original. Looks like he was trying to set up Moneyball for Weather but just didn't have enough material. Interesting story nonertheless about the importance of data in improving weather forecasts. The good guys are intrepid NOAA administrators and data scientist DJ Patil. The bad guys are Barry Myers, nominated by Trump to head NOAA and who wants to put weather data behind a paywall (he is the current head of Accuweather).
  • Kate
    This report did open my eyes to other issues that need to be known by all citizens. The government does more than create and implement laws. It has a duty to protect its people. When the elected officials fail to uphold that basic tenet it should cause concern. I do believe that the everyday government employee is there because they have a passion. They will do their best to stick to the mission that they are assigned. This is what gives hope. Th...
  • Khawaja Saud Masud
    Quick and informative listen highlighting the importance of weather data and the high degree of responsibility falling on government's shoulders in saving lives. Though content sounded a bit politicized, the point is well-made that we need a socially motivated leadership rather than profit-driven to oversee relevant organizations.I don't see this book's appeal as very broad but the concise storytelling format is pleasingly digestible.
  • Diego Sorbara
    A fascinating and short listen on NOAA and the National Weather Service -- not only why they're not receiving the praise that is rightly theirs, but also the grave challenges they face in the current political climate.
  • Nabil
    A short story about weather. Most interesting part is that Trump has installed private sector people to be responsible for the US weather data. The head of NOAH is trying to restrict open data use in order for AccuWeather to be the exclusive for-profit way of getting weather data.
  • Rae
  • Brian Vargo
    I mean, I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it really didn't come together at the end. I still use the NWS website daily so I can't figure out what the point was. It's a long podcast and interesting...some of the info is worthwhile.
  • Zach
    Michael Lewis writes about the Commerce Department and it's captivating and insightful and depressing and hopeful. He could, as the poets say, write about the phone book and I'd read. And enjoy.
  • Eremite
    Rather interesting but I can't help but be a little suspicious of a nonfiction book that so readily classifies people into heroes and villains.
  • Stephen Ray
    There was some interesting stuff here, but it left me wondering what the point was.
  • Donald Sherer
    Very disappointing effort from a very good writer. This is little more than a political hack job, don't waste your time.
  • Jordan
    Enjoyed hearing a different perspective and learning about the backstory of storms and the intermingling with NASA, etc. But started to get a little too political for me for a little while.
  • Mike Smith
    I was a big fan of Michael Lewis books, especially "The Big Short." Unfortunately, he has "written" an audio book which is no more than a political polemic designed to derail President Trump's nomination of Barry Myers -- a very good man and well qualified nominee -- to be administrator of NOAA.How do I know? I'm retired from AccuWeather. I've known Barry since the late 80's. Just about everything he writes about commercial meteorology is wrong. ...
  • J
    The Coming Storm is Mr. Lewis' latest profile, not of sports statistics, financial shenanigans or economic collapse but of several people working in and around the US Federal government and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This little thought of section of the Commerce Department ends up playing a huge role in the world, after all, what can you get done, if you don't know the weather?The book covers well the successes o...
  • Mac
    For almost 30 years--since enjoying the opening scene in Liar's Poker-- I've been a Michael Lewis fan. Because Lewis's The Coming Storm is only an audiobook (and not wanting the digital world to pass me by), I downloaded the book and started listening. And I wasn't disappointed. This book has all the Lewis signatures, an easy-going writing style, a subject I'd never considered before, insight into that subject by personalizing the story through d...
  • Terry
    I thought this book was going to be about climate disaster but it proved to be about the history of storm prediction and the government infrastructure that makes it possible. As with all Michael Lewis books, the back bone is interviews and the book is recent enough to plot the changes to the national weather service under the 45th president. Prior to this book, I had no idea that the Department of Commerce was responsible for NOAA and NIST with o...
  • Debbie Evancic
    This was free from Audible. I had never listened to Michael Lewis before so it opened up a whole new world for me. I see he has many books. How could I have missed all of them? It appears that he has an opinion about many topics.This particular audiobook was about weather and our government’s responsibility to warn all people of tornadoes, hurricanes, and other emergency situations. There are currently many restrictions on the information and w...
  • Cmoore
    I found this non-fiction story to be extremely fascinating... In a very Weather/Storms/Oceanography/NASA/Politics/Women-working-in-a-man's-field, kind of way...In this book we learn how female applicants to the space program were treated, to information that has been hidden so only big business can benefit... It's some pretty scary stuff.It felt almost erie, as I recognized a couple of the same themes and issues mentioned in a fictional piece by ...