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Isaac's Storm: A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History (original 1999; edition 1999)

by Erik Larson

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Title:Isaac's Storm: A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Authors:Erik Larson
Info:Crown Publishers (1999), Paperback
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Tags:Hurricanes, American History, Galveston, Texas

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Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson (1999)

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Larsen, the author of The Devil in the White City, has a wonderful ability to pluck an event from the past and make it into compelling reading.

This book covers the 1899 hurricane that struck Galveston, Texas with a resulting loss of at least 6,000 people. This remains the deadliest hurricane in United States history.

There’s some tricky meteorology to deal with, but Larson explains it as simply as possible. He also clearly depicts the arrogance, pride, and stubbornness of men who are ingrained in the pride of their positions and terribly jealous of their prerogatives. That makes the book surprisingly contemporary in feel.

The dread turning to fear and then to terror as the storm overtakes the city is chillingly absorbing. The mostly doomed attempts of the citizens to save themselves drives the reader to keep turning the pages.

Another thing that makes the book such a great read is Larsen’s use of first-person narratives as sources. His thorough and patient research pays off.

The only fault in the book is that the long-range aftermath feels a little rushed, or too short.

Highly recommended. ( )
  bohemima | Apr 28, 2018 |
This has been on my TBR ever since I read Devil in the White City by the same author. I really enjoy how Erik Larson uses all the data he collects in his research to make a very engaging and informative “story” about historic events. The Galveston storm of 1900 is still considered the deadliest hurricane in US history taking as many as 6000 lives up to a possible 10,000. Larson takes the reader through weather history, the political malfeasance of the weather bureau and the inability of scientists at the turn of the century to predict storms with much accuracy. Fascinating read. ( )
1 vote beebeereads | Apr 9, 2018 |
The pride of mankind is infallible! Wonderful book, reads like a novel. ( )
  gossamerchild88 | Mar 30, 2018 |
While I grew up in Texas, I don't remember studying Galveston's hurricane in any history class - I don't even remember hearing much about it until college, when our Symphonic Band played a piece that had been written to commemorate it's anniversary. That piece made me want to find out more about this event. Erik covers all the bases - meteorology, the creation of the Weather Bureau, the city, Isaac as well as many other survivors and victims of the storm. As his other books, Erik writes in a interesting narrative style that makes for a great read! ( )
  catzkc | Mar 23, 2018 |
Read this in 2000, the 100th anniversary of the hurricane. An excellent read. ( )
  MelissaLenhardt | Mar 11, 2018 |
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Washington, D.C.

Sept. 9, 1900

To: Manager, Western Union

Houston, Texas

Do you hear anything about Galveston?

Willis L. Moore,

Chief, U.S. Weather Bureau

For Chris, Kristen, Lauren, and Erin.
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Throughout the night of Friday, September 7, 1900, Isaac Monroe Cline found himself waking up to a persistent state of something gone wrong.
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Reading in his signature dispassionate style, narrator Edward Herrmann brings an eerie calm to this powerful chronicle of the deadliest storm ever to hit the United States--a huge and terribly destructive hurricane that struck land near Galveston, Texas in September of 1900. In this abridged recording, Author Erik Larson re-creates the events leading up to the disaster in astonishing detail, tracing the thoughts and actions of Isaac Cline, a scientist with America's burgeoning U.S. Weather Bureau. Cline's unwavering confidence--"In an age of scientific certainty one could not allow one's judgment to be clouded..."--blinds the meteorologist to the deadly onslaught about to be unleashed. Herrmann's calculated performance reflects the impending doom and dangers inherent to an unquestioned and absolute faith in science. (Running time: 5 hours, 4 CDs) --George Laney

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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 by a monster hurricane that completely destroyed the town and killed over 6,000 people in what remains the greatest natural disaster in American history-and Isaac Cline found himself the victim of a devastating 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. Thrilling, powerful, and unrelentingly suspenseful, Isaac's Storm is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets the uncontrollable force of nature.… (more)

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