So why did they happen? Disasters affect everyone. Some make you laugh, some make you cry and some just defy belief. This series takes a compelling look at how humankind and the planet has coped with some of the most prolific disasters around the world throughout history - from ancient times up to the present day. Each title combines fascinating disaster facts with descriptions of catastrophes and dramatic stories of survival and daring rescues that will have the reader on the edge of their seat.