The editors of this impressive volume are to be congratulated for gathering a stellar collection of thirty-three authoritative papers on the most recent period of climate history. In addition to providing thirty-three pages of introduction and conclusion, the editors also coauthored two important papers for the volume. This book will become a standard reference for the interdisciplinary climatic change community.

Climate Since A.D. 1500 is divided into four sections: documentary evidence, dendroclimatic evidence, ice-core evidence, and forcing factors. In all, there are twelve papers using documentary evidence, eleven using dendroclimatic evidence, five on ice-core evidence, and three on forcing factors. The documentary papers cover Canada, the northeastern United States, Ireland, central Europe, northern Italy, the former Soviet Union, China, and Japan, with temporal coverage ranging from 1500 to very near the present.