"When you see a TV meteorologist display a map of lightning strikes or see a picture of a lightning bolt, you are unwittingly being introduced to a new era in lightning research. Author John S. Friedman pans through time from ancient myths to scientists who are now delving through the mysteries which have surrounded this awesome and frightening subject. His greatest gift is painting a humanistic picture of a subject which has affected man since he began walking this earth."—Frank Field, TV weatherman
"Who would believe a book on lightning could be not only informative but fascinating reading? Friedman's Out of the Blue
is both. He intersperses dozens of human-interest stories along with excellent research. Best of all, he writes as if he's sitting across the campfire and says, "Let me tell you about…"—Cecil Murphey, co-author of the New York Times
bestseller, 90 Minutes in Heaven
“Intended for outdoor adventurers, sports enthusiasts, science and weather buffs, nature lovers and anyone who is awed or frightened by lightning…. Fascinating stories.”—Deseret Morning News
“Every outdoor enthusiast, weather buff or cruiser will be enthralled by these amazing stories that start with an instant, unexpected flash out of the blue.”—Southern Boating
“A fascinating account of electricity from the sky."—Sacramento Bee
About the Author
The Oscar-wining producer of the documentary Hotel Terminus,
John S. Friedman has written for the New York Times
and contributes regularly to The Nation.
The editor of The Secret Histories,
he lives in Sharon, Connecticut.