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

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Vintage Books, 1999 - History - 323 pages
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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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The only thing I knew about the Galveston hurricane of 1900 was the lyrics of a song on an old Tom Rush album. Larson filled out the details of the ignorance and almost delusional self-confidence that ... Read full review

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I picked this book up because I had heard about the Galveston flooding in a Geography class, and thought it would be interesting to learn more. I was right. Larson makes this book very readable by ... Read full review

Contents

September 8 1900
3
The Law of Storms
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The Serpents Coil
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ERIK LARSON is the author of four national bestsellers: In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac's Storm, which have collectively sold more than 5.5 million copies. His magazine stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's and other publications and his books have been published in fourteen countries.

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