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Twister: The Science of Tornadoes and the Making of an Adventure Movie Paperback – Abridged, Sep 1996

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Minstrel Books; Abridged edition (Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671003968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671003968
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,962,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An examination of the most powerful storms on Earth includes a look at VORTEX, the leading tornado-monitoring project, shares the stories of tornado chasers, and discusses the film by Steven Spielberg and Michael Crichton. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 April 1999
Format: Paperback
I was very impressed with this book. It gives in-depth detail about the world of tornado research, and how the movie "Twister" was created. It discusses what VORTEX was, along with personal interviews with the admirable Dr. Erik N. Rasmussen. The stories the victims share are quite amazing as well.
~Laura Duchesne (Storm Chaser)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 July 1997
Format: Paperback
MY HUSBAND GAVE ME THIS BOOK FOR MY BIRTHDAY, AND IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST GIFTS I EVER RECEIVED. THE SECTIONS ON PEOPLES PAST TORNADO EXPERIENCES WERE WRITTEN SO WELL, I FELT I WAS LIVING IT AS I READ.
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INTERESTING, BUT A LITTLE LIGHTWEIGHT 24 Aug. 2002
By Severin Olson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Davidson certainly doesn't deceive anyone with the title of his book. It is about tornado science and the movie, although coverage of the movie making process was a bit spotty. Many will enjoy the tornado stories within; in one a woman is suspended high over a church steeple, afraid that she will collide with a horse suspended likewise.
Overall, though, I was less than fully pleased with this book for two reasons. First of all, it never flows neatly from topic to topic but jumps around instead. Davidson will be telling us about our tornado history and then abruptly switch to talk about the life of a meteorologist or the physics of airflows. There is a lot to cover when writing about tornadoes, but the chapters could have been organized a bit better.
Secondly, the writing style made me feel like a small child in school again. Maybe I'm wrong, but it seemed at times as though Davidson were writing for an audience no older than thirteen. Readers can judge for themselves.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book will blow your mind! 16 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was very impressed with this book. It gives in-depth detail about the world of tornado research, and how the movie "Twister" was created. It discusses what VORTEX was, along with personal interviews with the admirable Dr. Erik N. Rasmussen. The stories the victims share are quite amazing as well.
~Laura Duchesne (Storm Chaser)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
ENTERTAINING AND INFORMATIONAL FROM COVER TO COVER! 12 July 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
MY HUSBAND GAVE ME THIS BOOK FOR MY BIRTHDAY, AND IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST GIFTS I EVER RECEIVED. THE SECTIONS ON PEOPLES PAST TORNADO EXPERIENCES WERE WRITTEN SO WELL, I FELT I WAS LIVING IT AS I READ
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solid background 20 Mar. 2013
By rattinox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a Spotter for the National Weather Service for 15 years, I have some field experience, but I had very sparse knowledge of the history behind atmospheric studies. This book filled in very well, not just the science itself but more importantly the people and events behind the science. The making of the film quickly took a back seat. Fascinating stuff!! My own copy is worn to tatters.
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Light on science, heavy on publicity 6 Jan. 2008
By Barbara L. Lemaster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Davidson is a capable science writer, and his discussion of how tornadoes work and the development of the Fujita scale that measures their destructive power is interesting, but the book as a whole devotes more pages to Jan deBont's 1996 film and how computer geeks created the tornadoes that menaced Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt.
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