Combining a serious tone with serious journalism, Storming the Wall dives deep into climate change from an unusual and riveting perspective ... Without this level of journalistic thoroughness, the book’s claims about government would doubtless strike some readers as impossible, even paranoid. However, Storming the Wall makes its points convincingly, using both modern and historical examples of mass displacement. The author presents first-person research, including interviews ... Policymakers may be miffed at the author’s critical attitude toward government border policies. American citizens, however, may find this book highly relevant to the ongoing political discussion around border walls and mass refugee crises.
... a highly personal, narrative-driven book ... Miller’s examination of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is the most eye-opening section ... Miller’s book brings the dilemmas of climate migrants and refugees out of the realm of policy makers and academics, painting a vivid picture of an increasingly stratified, fortified world ... Miller portrays the front lines of the issue in human terms ... The book’s attempt to capture the complexity of climate-motivated migration around the world is hobbled somewhat by Miller’s failure to establish a rigorous definition of 'refugees' ... On the other hand, Miller’s vigorous questioning of who does and does not receive US humanitarian aid in the context of climate crisis is excellent ... Miller strikes the rare balance of alerting his readers to the threat without paralyzing them with fear.
Miller makes a convincing, chilling argument based on an effective synthesis of research, interviews, and personal observation, and the impact is only slightly undercut by an occasionally shrill or pedantic tone ... A galvanizing forecast of global warming’s endgame and a powerful indictment of America’s current stance.