Isaac's Storm

Isaac's Storm

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

Book - 1999 | First edition
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Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [1999]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780609602331
Characteristics: 323 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Cline, Isaac Monroe 1861-1955


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The 1900 hurricane that swept over Galveston, Texas, was the deadliest storm in U.S. History, dealing the booming port city a blow from which it would never fully recover. Meteorologist Isaac Cline saw the signs and did the best he could to warn everyone in advance, but with the technology and p... Read More »

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Jul 13, 2020

Truly a page turner. This book had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. It was the first book of Erik Larson's that I read, and although his other books are great, it still remains my favorite. At times it is hard to read what happened to this city, but how he lays out the story is immense.

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.

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