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The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History - William K. Klingaman, Nicholas P. Klingaman Many people have heard about the eruption of Krakatoa in 1888 but when Tambora blew its stack in 1816 it was 10 times more powerful and created a cloud of ash that circled the planet and resulted in abnormally cold conditions across the world.Mostly this book centers on the history of 1816. There’s not a lot about the actual eruption or the weather that resulted shortly afterwards, but the consequences are dealt with in detail from the mundane to the serious. Be it the gloomy days that caused Mary Shelley to stay indoors thereby coming up with an idea for a story about a guy named Frankenstein to the potato famine in Ireland, it was interesting to read about the side effects of the eruption.A good read for anyone interested in weather, volcanoes or what a bummer it was to live through the winter of 1816-1817.