Heaven’s Breath: A Natural History of the Wind by Watson, Lyall

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ISBN 9781681373690 – NEW YORK REVIEW BOOKS – RANDOM HOUSE US Paperback 400 pp – August 2019

Lyall Watson(1939-2008) was the author of such well known books asSupernature,The Romeo Error,Gifts of Unknown Things,Lifetide,Lightning BirdandWhales of the World. He was a producer for BBC television, a zoo director, expedition leader and the Seychelles Commissioner on the International Whaling Commission.

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Heaven’s Breath, the first history of the wind, looks at this ubiquitous and invisible entity from the point of view of geography, biology, physics, sociology, physiology, psychology, history, and philosophy. Watson shows how winds shape the world and maintains its life world, functioning as the circulatory and nervous systems of the planet, sharing our energy and information, distributing warmth, bringing rain, enriching or stripping away soil, air-conditioning the globe. Wind also disperses plants, animals, and human communities, shaping history- tradewinds have influenced human migrations and shaped imperial destinies; wind affected the outcome of wars between the Greeks and Persians, the Mongols and Japan; wind contributed to the destruction of the Spanish Armada. And wind works on our most intimate feelings. The sf hn, mistral, sirocco, Santa Ana and other ‘ill winds’ of the world can lead to disease, suicide and even murder.

Lyall Watson had written a book that is full of strange lore and new perspectives on history, nature, and humanity.