The Coming Storm

The Coming Storm Review

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 Washington plans to release it. He also digs deep into the lives of two scientists who revolutionized climate predictions, bringing warning systems to previously unimaginable levels of accuracy. One is Kathy Sullivan, a gifted scientist among the first women in space; the other, D.J. Patil, is a trickster-turned-mathematician and a political adviser.

Most urgently, Lewis's narrative reveals the potential cost of putting a price tag on information with the potential to save lives, raising questions about balancing public service with profits in an ethically-ambiguous atmosphere.

Title:The Coming Storm
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • 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 ...

  • 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: https://www.audible.com/pd/Science-Te......

  • Jessica Woodbury

    At this very moment there is a hurricane heading towards me and it occurs to me that maybe this was not the best time to read this book. While very short, it's very much worth your while. I only wish ...

  • Mahlon

    Michael Lewis writes with his usual engaging thoroughness about the Commerce Department, NOAA, and the National Weather Service. He explains the way in which they use big data to solve important probl...

  • 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...

  • 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 gove...

  • David

    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 se...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 nominat...

  • 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 ...