Hemingway's Hurricane: The Great Florida Keys Storm of 1935

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McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing, Aug 1, 2006 - History - 245 pages
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THE FINAL BLOW

They were the forgotten members of the Lost Generation, traumatized veterans of the Great War who grasped for one last chance at redemption under Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. Six hundred of them were shuffled off to the Florida Keys to build a highway to Key West. On Labor Day weekend 1935, the most intense hurricane ever to strike the U.S. took aim on their flimsy shacks, and the two men responsible for evacuating the veterans from harm's way waited too long.

After the storm, Ernest Hemingway took his boat from his home in Key West to aid the veterans in the Upper Keys but he found few survivors on the wreckage. His public cries of outrage bound him forever to the storm. quotes

"Brilliantly and compellingly captures the events surrounding the 1935 storm, showing how human factors compounded the awful force of sky and sea."--from the Foreword by John Rennie, Editor in Chief, "Scientific American"

""Hemingway's Hurricane" describes a scenario tragically similar to the one surrounding Hurricane Katrina . . . little preparedness and no timely rescue for victims."--"The Sacramento Bee"

"Phil Scott does a favor with this book, reminding [us] that deadly storms aren't a new event."--"Chicago Tribune"

"A timely topic and a compelling read."--"The Indianapolis Star"

Phil Scott's books include "The Shoulders of Giants," "The Pioneers of Flight," and "Deadly Things," He has also contributed to "Air & Space/Smithsonian," "Scientific American," "New Scientist," and other magazines.

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About the author (2006)

Phil Scott's books include The Shoulders of Giants, The Pioneers of Flight, and Deadly Things. A writer and journalist specializing in aviation and popular science, he has contributed to Air & Space/Smithsonian, Scientific American, New Scientist, and other magazines. After coming upon a monument erected in the Florida Keys to honor the victims of the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, he knew this was a story he had to tell.

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