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Local River Falls graduate Jason Miklian will be discussing his book, The Vortex: a True Story of History’s Deadliest Storm, an Unspeakable War, and Liberation in the Lower Level Community Room on Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30pm. Local author Dan Woll will discuss the book with the author. In person and virtual on the library Facebook and YouTube.

Miklian has conducted deep fieldwork on business and conflict in twenty countries, frequently consults firms on their roles in conflict-affected and fragile spaces, and sits on numerous boards and high-level expert panels. He is a regular contributor to the international debate on such issues, for The Economist, New York Times, Agence France-Presse, Financial Times, France24, Vice, Harvard Business Review, Associated Press, and National Public Radio, among others.

The deadliest storm in modern history ripped Pakistan in two and led the world to the brink of nuclear war when American and Soviet forces converged in the Bay of Bengal. In November 1970, a storm set a collision course with the most densely populated coastline on Earth. Over the course of just a few hours, the Great Bhola Cyclone would kill 500,000 people and begin a chain reaction of turmoil, genocide, and war. The Vortex is the dramatic story of how that storm sparked a country to revolution. Bhola made landfall during a fragile time, when Pakistan was on the brink of a historic election. The fallout ignited a conflagration of political intrigue, corruption, violence, idealism, and bravery that played out in the lives of tens of millions of Bangladeshis. Authors Scott Carney and Jason Miklian take us deep into the story of the cyclone and its aftermath, told through the eyes of the men and women who lived through it, including the infamous president of Pakistan, General Yahya Khan, and his close friend Richard Nixon; American expats Jon and Candy Rhode; soccer star-turned-soldier Hafiz Uddin Ahmad; and a young Bengali revolutionary, Mohammed Hai. Thrillingly paced and written with incredible detail, The Vortex is not just a story about the painful birth of a new nation but also a universal tale of resilience and liberation in the face of climate emergency that affects every single person on the planet.