Book Review: A Tale of Two Climates

Book Review by Kip Hansen — 21 March 2023

Bill Pekny has written a terrific book on the tricky subject of Earth’s Climate. 

But who has ever heard of Bill Pekny?  Almost no one.  Why?  He is a humble man who just does good work (and good works) and isn’t shining a spotlight on himself.   He should, though, because his book is just the thing many of the readers here have been looking for.

A Tale of Two Climates: One Real, One Imaginary” was published in 2020, it is nevertheless right up to date, it has no outdated charts or graphs – all of which are very professionally done and just beautiful.

Pekny has been very careful with this book.  The typography itself is very clear, with lines spaced for reading ease.  Included, at the beginning of each chapter, is a table giving all the acronyms and units of measurement abbreviations used in that chapter.  Definitions are set apart in the text to help readers grasp unfamiliar topics.  Each chapter ends with Chapter Takeaways.   All great features, especially for the non-scientists among us. 

The author takes his readers carefully through all the major subjects that add up to Climate and Climate Change, one at a time in a sensible order, each chapter building on the previous one,  with informative and readable prose that makes each topic transparently clear thus making this 250-page book a valuable resource for those who have been wishing for a book to present to a colleague or relative who needs to understand climate change better.

The hardcover book is suitable for use as a “coffee table book”.   Leave it around for visitors to pick up and leaf through…almost every page has a graphic of some sort that will catch their eye and text that will inform them. Also available in a Kindle version.

Get a couple copies of this book to give as presents to your closest colleagues, friends and family for Earth Day 2023 (April 22).

Get one for yourself too.

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E. Schaffer
March 21, 2023 6:23 pm

You can have this little preview on youtube..

March 21, 2023 7:35 pm

Good news.

March 22, 2023 1:48 am

Looks great. Hard cover not available on sadly.

Apparently only kindle version – I like my books to be physical, thank you.

Reply to  ThinkingScientist
March 22, 2023 2:13 am

we are trying to save the planet. do try to keep up, dear boy.

Reply to  ThinkingScientist
March 22, 2023 3:43 am

Try, they can source hardcopies, new and used.
Or in US try GF Books Inc.
Avoid Amazon at all costs.

Philip Mulholland
Reply to  Oldseadog
March 22, 2023 2:46 pm
Reply to  Philip Mulholland
March 22, 2023 3:07 pm

Oh, sugar, I didn’t know that. Thanks for telling me.

Bill Pekny
Reply to  Kip Hansen
March 22, 2023 6:37 am

Or, I’m happy to send you a signed hardcover. Just send me a shipping address (to and I’ll get it to you.

Ed Zuiderwijk
March 22, 2023 3:06 am

Could you provide the ISBN?

Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
March 22, 2023 4:14 am


Ed Zuiderwijk
Reply to  Kip Hansen
March 22, 2023 6:21 am


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