Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

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Vintage Books, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
1025 Reviews
National Bestseller

September 8, 1900, began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that greeted the city that morning. Mere hours later, Galveston found itself submerged in a monster hurricane that completely destroyed the town and killed over six thousand people in what remains the greatest natural disaster in American history--and Isaac Cline found himself the victim of a devestating personal tragedy.

Using Cline's own telegrams, letters, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the science of hurricanes, Erik Larson builds a chronicle of one man's heroic struggle and fatal miscalculation in the face of a storm of unimaginable magnitude. Riveting, powerful, and unbearably suspenseful, Isaac's Storm is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets the great uncontrollable force of nature.

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Powerful, crazy and very well researched. - Goodreads
Could have benefited from more maps and photographs. - Goodreads
Worth your time very educational. - Goodreads
I enjoy Erik Larson's writing. - Goodreads
Fascinating. Very well researched, very personalized. - Goodreads
Erik Larson is an incredible writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jon Carlson - Goodreads

Great story, although it found myself having to re-read much of the science behind storms. Oftentimes had trouble putting it in context. Would have benefitted from visuals to support - weather maps of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ms.pegasus - Goodreads

1900 was a time when passenger pigeons still darkened the sky, and bathing suits were made of mohair. The Spanish-American War had been waged the previous year. Galveston was a booming seaport riding ... Read full review



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About the author (1999)

\Erik Larson, a contributor to Time magazine, is the author of The Naked Consumer and Lethal Passage (Crown, 1994). His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper's, and other national magazines. He lives in Seattle.