Emilee Bell


Excellent, Intermediate, Young Adult, Non-fiction, reference, medical, history, science, research, discovery, technology, global, geology, civilization, Roman, Greek, Portugal, English, UK, Europe, Asia, USA

Document Type

Book Review


A History of Civilization in 50 Disasters throws together the fates of a variety of countries through the light of massive global disasters. The book explores the effects of volcanoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and more, halfway around the world from where they occurred and months after the initial damage was done. Readers will dive a little deeper into the small yet impactful disasters that inevitably occur when human society clashes with nature, from famine to plague epidemics. 50 Disasters even includes zany episodes like a tank of molasses exploding in tenement neighborhoods in the dead heat of summer. From BC to modern day, we can expect to battle Mother Nature until the clock ticks past the human era of time on this planet.