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Book Review: What We Know About Climate Change, Second Edition

Kerry Emanuel is my go-to author for insight into Hurricane science. His book Divine Wind, is in my library and should be in any library about Hurricanes worth its ocean salt. That expertise of his naturally requires Dr. Emanual to engage with climate science. And he does so incredibly well in this book.

‘A member of the Cabinet congratulated Wilson on introducing the vogue of short speeches and asked him about the time it took him to prepare his speeches. He said: “It depends. If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.” President Lincoln once made a [similar observation]. When asked to … deliver a five-minute speech, he said that he had no time to prepare five-minute speeches, but that he could speak an hour at any time.’

I mention both president’s insights about the difficulty to be succinct because the brevity of this book amazes me. There is obviously lots of time and effort behind it. This book is succinct – eight insightful chapters in 93 pages. And it is a small book, just 5″ by 7″, with ample room in the margins to add your own notes and thoughts.

I often pack it to read during my airline travels. I recommend this book highly.

Review by Steve Kolk

PS: Here is another quote from Abraham Lincoln:

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

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PPS: Read the full backstory I excerpted above about the effort needed to be succinct here:

Author(s): Kerry Emanual

Publisher: MIT Press Books

Published: 2012


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