Provides an in-depth chronicle of America's deadliest hurricane, which struck the city of Galveston, Texas, in 1900 and killed some ten thousand people, drawing on eyewitness accounts of the catastrophe and the writings of one of America's earliest professional weathermen, Isaac Cline. 75,000 first printing. Tour.
Full of dramatic survivor stories and vivid storm descriptions, this fast-paced historical analysis chronicles the events surrounding the devastating 1900 Galveston hurricane, and asserts that the city's Weather Bureau--and its head meteorologist Isaac Cline--grossly underestimated Galveston's vulnerability to storms.
United States / 20th Century, Earth Sciences / Meteorology + Climatology
Book Subgenre:United States / 20th Century, Earth Sciences / Meteorology + Climatology
Book Genre:History, Science
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"The author, a contributing editor of Time magazine, has produced a riveting, deeply researched narrative that is driven by a prose style of descriptive elegance and power. The result is authoritative history given the gloss of high journalism, and the sense of immediacy such a combination produces is at times breathtaking....Good as it is as disaster narrative, ISACC'S STORM also shines as a character study, as an anatomy of hurricanes, and as a lively expose of bureaucratic stupidity."
Reviewer: Rebecca Abrams, (New Statesman)
"This book is gripping, informative and imaginative from start to finish. Larson combines abundant "human interest" with a good dollop of history and just enough science. He is clear and succinct on the mechanics of these meteorological demons, and his lyrical descriptions of harmless water droplets swelling into gigantic, lethal, airborne armouries stir the spirit."
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