Isaac's Storm

Isaac's Storm

A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

Large Print - 2000
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At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was 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 his home city of Galveston, Texas, was to him an absurd delusion, so he ignored unusual weather patterns, ominous signs, and warnings from Cuban meteorologists about an approaching storm. Within hours, at least 6,000 people would lose their lives in what is still the nation's deadliest natural disaster -- and Isaac Cline would suffer his own unbearable loss.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : G.K. Hall & Co., 2000.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780783889320
Branch Call Number: LP 976.4 LARSON
Characteristics: 447 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cline, Isaac Monroe 1861-1955.


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Aug 09, 2018

I seem to be a lone voice against this trend for nonfiction books to contain things the author can't know. If an author wants to be creative, the author should write fiction. I don't know which details to trust once I realize the author made up a description or wrote about what someone was thinking. No wonder why we have fake news. It starts with nonfiction writers taking liberties to make books read more like fiction.

Aug 28, 2017

Interesting account of the storm. It seems others dispute the author's conclusions about Cline's actions before the storm, but you will still get a feeling for the terror of the event. The book would have benefited immensely by the addition of photos (which Larson references in the Notes at the end) and a greater detailed map of the city before and after the storm. He mentions many people and it would have been helpful to pinpoint their homes. Also he talks about some Galveston landmarks but doesn't go into details, which even searching the Internet were not forthcoming.

ArapahoeMarcia Jul 12, 2017

A beautifully written story that is both fascinating and devastating. I loved reading about the individuals caught in an unbelievable disaster in 1900 Galveston. A must read!

May 09, 2017

If weather is your thing, you need to read this.

HCL_staff_reviews Dec 01, 2016

In a gripping and absorbing fashion Larson has created a fast-paced narrative about the deadliest hurricane in United States history, in which between 6,000 and 8,000 people died and which destroyed 1/3 of Galveston, Texas on September 8, 1900. — Jennifer L., Ridgedale Library

ArapahoeLesley Nov 23, 2016

Larson is an expert at delivering cold hard facts and gripping horror in the same sentence. A terrifying account of nature's destruction and the consequences of human hubris.

Jun 01, 2016

Erik Lawson did a remarkable job wading through the technical and historical developments in weather prediction building up to to such a devastating natural catastrophe. While the early reading is dry and factual, the description of the storm itself makes this a worthwhile read.

1051emma Oct 22, 2014

a great read

Feb 03, 2013

An interesting, but heartbreaking tale. The story seems to move a little slowly for a while, but speeds up later on. The facts and letters seem very well incorporated.

Jan 20, 2013

This is a great book for those who enjoy learning about weather and the history of weather forecasting. It goes into great detail about how people in history predicted storms. I learned a lot from this book, but personally I felt it was difficult to get into. Unless you find weather fascinating, it might be hard book to finish.

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