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Those more formal called it "the Year Without a Summer"; the less reverent referred to it as "the Poverty Year" or "Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death." However conceptualized, 1816 brought with it an unpredicted global climate change event that had catastrophic effects on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific. Caused by a volcanic eruption in distant Indonesia, the plunge in stateside temperatures led to droughts, floods, crop damage, famine, unemployment, food riots, disease, and large-scale migration westward. This book by historian William Klingaman (Abraham Lincoln & The Road to Emancipation) and meteorologist Nicholas Klingaman tracks the unfolding disaster of what one historian described as "the last great subsistence crisis in the Western world."