Saturday, November 4, 2017


Isaac's Storm - Erik Larson

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At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city of Galveston, Texas, where he was based, was to him preposterous, "an absurd delusion." It was 1900, a year when America felt bigger and stronger than ever before. Nothing in nature could hobble the gleaming city of Galveston, then a magical place that seemed destined to become the New York of the Gulf.

That August, a strange, prolonged heat wave gripped the nation and killed scores of people in New York and Chicago. Odd things seemed to happen everywhere: A plague of crickets engulfed Waco. The Bering Glacier began to shrink. Rain fell on Galveston with greater intensity than anyone could remember. Far away, in Africa, immense thunderstorms blossomed over the city of Dakar, and great currents of wind converged. A wave of atmospheric turbulence slipped from the coast of western Africa. Most such waves faded quickly. This one did not.

In Cuba, America's overconfidence was made all too obvious by the Weather Bureau's obsession with controlling hurricane forecasts, even though Cuba's indigenous weathermen had pioneered hurricane science. As the bureau's forecasters assured the nation that all was calm in the Caribbean, Cuba's own weathermen fretted about ominous signs in the sky. A curious stillness gripped Antigua. Only a few unlucky sea captains discovered that the storm had achieved an intensity no man alive had ever experienced.

In Galveston, reassured by Cline's belief that no hurricane could seriously damage the city, there was celebration. Children played in the rising water. Hundreds of people gathered at the beach to marvel at the fantastically tall waves and gorgeous pink sky, until the surf began ripping the city's beloved beachfront apart. Within the next few hours Galveston would endure a hurricane that to this day remains the nation's deadliest natural disaster. In Galveston alone at least 6,000 people, possibly as many as 10,000, would lose their lives, a number far greater than the combined death toll of the Johnstown Flood and 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. And Isaac Cline would experience his own unbearable loss. 
Hardcover: 336 pages 
Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (August 24, 1999) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0609602330 
ISBN-13: 978-0609602331

MY THOUGHTS:  I don't usually read Non-Fiction books.  May 3 or 4 a year.  So I've taken up a challenge over at Good Reads/Wacky Challenges.  The challenge is called Strolling Through Non-Fiction.  So far I've read 4 Non-Fiction books and all of them have been awesome books.  They held my attention throughout the book.  Which is a good thing.  This book was really great, I had no idea of the ordeal or damage a hurricane can do.  Oh yes, I've seen the news on T.V., but that doesn't really give you the scope of the damage and lives lost like this book did.  It follows several families that lived in Galvestion, Texas at the time.  It describes all the issues with the Weather Bureau at the time, the families daily routines, the weather, and then destruction and loss caused by the hurricane.  If you want to read about this, I strongly recommend this books.  I give this book 5......

This book is for 3 of my reading challenges......
Outdo Yourself Challenge
Strolling Through Non-Fiction Challenge
Library Love Challenge

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