The Great Hurricane: 1938

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - History - 240 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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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Recollections of tragedy and trauma from a 1938 storm of singular ferocity that took the northeastern U.S. totally by surprise.Journalist Burns (Stepmotherhood, 1986) takes a little time getting to ... Read full review

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Cherie Burns’s work has appeared in The New York Times, People, Glamour, Us, Working Women, New York and other publications. Her first book, Stepmotherhood—How to Survive Without Feeling Frustrated, Left Out or Wicked, was published in 1986.

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