Cold: adventures in the world's frozen places.

Cold: adventures in the world's frozen places. Bill Streever.

New York: Little Brown, 2010. Octavo, paperback, line drawings, maps.

Bill Streever unearths the consistent, ongoing influence of cold on the planet. Evoking history, myth, geography and ecology, Streever takes a dip in an Arctic swimming hole, excavates our planet's ice ages and explores animals' hibernation habits. Instead of giving the reader a dry, academic lecture, Streever charismatically delivers an anecdotal narrative complete with polar expeditions, Ice Age mysteries, igloos, permafrost and hailstorms. A wonderful insight into the history and importance of cold to both the earth and its occupants.

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