The Great Hurricane: 1938

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Grove Press, 2006 - History - 230 pages
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On the night of September 21,1938, news on the radio was full of the invasion of Czechoslovakia. There was no mention of any severe weather. By the time oceanfront residents noticed an ominous color in the sky, it was too late to escape. In an age before warning systems and the ubiquity of television, this unprecedented storm caught the Northeast off guard, obliterated coastal communities, and killed seven hundred people.

The Great Hurricane: 1938 is a spellbinding hour-by-hour reconstruction of one of the most destructive and powerful storms ever to hit the United States. With riveting detail, Burns weaves together the countless personal stories of loved ones lost and lives changed forever -- from those of the Moore family, washed to sea on a raft formerly their attic floor, to Katharine Hepburn, holed up in her Connecticut mansion, watching her car take to the air like a bit of paper.
 

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This reviewer is one of those people who appreciate first person accounts of almost any nature. In The Great Hurricane: 1938 the author traces the timeline of the approach, impact and aftermath of the ... Read full review

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It is difficult to recreate a tragedy when the participants have all died, after all it was nearly 80 years ago. But the author does an admirable job of it. The descriptions reminded me of reading ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1
7
Chapter 2
11
Chapter 3
23
Chapter 4
28
Chapter 5
42
Chapter 6
52
Chapter 7
56
Chapter 9
79
Chapter 10
111
Chapter 11
127
Chapter 12
133
Chapter 13
150
Chapter 14
175
Chapter 15
184
Copyright

Chapter 8
74

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Cherie Burns is a prolific freelance writer whose work has appeared in the "New York Times", "People", Glamour", "Sports Illustrated", "US", "New York", "Self", and "Working Woman". Burns is one of the first writers to address stepfamily dynamics, and is the mother of two teenage children and the stepmother of two adult stepdaughters with two stepgrandchildren. She lives in New York City.

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