Isaac s Storm

Isaac s Storm
Author: Erik Larson
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2011-10-19
ISBN 10: 0307874095
ISBN 13: 9780307874092
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Isaac s Storm Book Review:

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. Meticulously researched and vividly written, Isaac's Storm is based on Cline's own letters, telegrams, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the hows and whys of great storms. Ultimately, however, it is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets nature's last great uncontrollable force. As such, Isaac's Storm carries a warning for our time.

Isaac s Storm

Isaac s Storm
Author: Erik Larson,Isaac Monroe Cline
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 323
Release: 2000
ISBN 10: 0375708278
ISBN 13: 9780375708275
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Isaac s Storm Book Review:

Provides an account of the hurricane which struck Galveston, Texas, in 1900 and killed ten thousand people.

Isaac s Storm

Isaac s Storm
Author: Erik Larson
Publsiher: HarperCollins UK
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2008-01-01
ISBN 10: 0007292112
ISBN 13: 9780007292110
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Isaac s Storm Book Review:

Isaac Cline, a meteorologist in Galveston, was confident of his ability to predict the weather, but he wasn't prepared for the meteorological equivalent of The Big One which hit Galveston, which remains to this day the worst ever storm to hit America.

Storms Floods and Sunshine

Storms  Floods and Sunshine
Author: Isaac Monroe Cline
Publsiher: Pelican Publishing
Total Pages: 352
Release: 1951
ISBN 10: 9781455612536
ISBN 13: 1455612537
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Storms Floods and Sunshine Book Review:

Lethal Passage

Lethal Passage
Author: Erik Larson
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2011-07-27
ISBN 10: 0307803317
ISBN 13: 9780307803313
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lethal Passage Book Review:

This devastating book illuminates America's gun culture -- its manufacturers, dealers, buffs, and propagandists -- but also offers concrete solutions to our national epidemic of death by firearm. It begins with an account of a crime that is by now almost commonplace: on December 16, 1988, sixteen-year-old Nicholas Elliot walked into his Virginia high school with a Cobray M-11/9 and several hundred rounds of ammunition tucked in his backpack. By day's end, he had killed one teacher and severely wounded another. In Lethal Passage Erik Larson shows us how a disturbed teenager was able to buy a weapon advertised as "the gun that made the eighties roar." The result is a book that can -- and should -- save lives, and that has already become an essential text in the gun-control debate. With a new afterword. "Touches on all aspects of the gun issue in this country. Gives great voice to that feeling...that something real must be done." --San Diego Union-Tribune "One of the most readable anti-gun treatises in years." --Washington Post Book World

The Storm of the Century

The Storm of the Century
Author: Al Roker
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2015-08-11
ISBN 10: 0062364677
ISBN 13: 9780062364678
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Storm of the Century Book Review:

In this gripping narrative history, Al Roker from NBC’s Today and the Weather Channel vividly examines the deadliest natural disaster in American history—a haunting and inspiring tale of tragedy, heroism, and resilience that is full of lessons for today’s new age of extreme weather. On the afternoon of September 8, 1900, two-hundred-mile-per-hour winds and fifteen-foot waves slammed into Galveston, the booming port city on Texas’s Gulf Coast. By dawn the next day, the city that hours earlier had stood as a symbol of America’s growth and expansion was now gone. Shattered, grief-stricken survivors emerged to witness a level of destruction never before seen: Eight thousand corpses littered the streets and were buried under the massive wreckage. Rushing water had lifted buildings from their foundations, smashing them into pieces, while wind gusts had upended steel girders and trestles, driving them through house walls and into sidewalks. No race or class was spared its wrath. In less than twenty-four hours, a single storm had destroyed a major American metropolis—and awakened a nation to the terrifying power of nature. Blending an unforgettable cast of characters, accessible weather science, and deep historical research into a sweeping and dramatic narrative, The Storm of the Century brings this legendary hurricane and its aftermath into fresh focus. No other natural disaster has ever matched the havoc caused by the awesome mix of winds, rain, and flooding that devastated Galveston and shocked a young, optimistic nation on the cusp of modernity. Exploring the impact of the tragedy on a rising country’s confidence—the trauma of the loss and the determination of the response—Al Roker illuminates the United States’s character at the dawn of the “American Century,” while also underlining the fact that no matter how mighty they may become, all nations must respect the ferocious potential of our natural environment.

Galveston and the 1900 Storm

Galveston and the 1900 Storm
Author: Patricia Bellis Bixel,Elizabeth Hayes Turner
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 190
Release: 2013-02-08
ISBN 10: 0292753969
ISBN 13: 9780292753969
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Galveston and the 1900 Storm Book Review:

The Galveston storm of 1900 reduced a cosmopolitan and economically vibrant city to a wreckage-strewn wasteland where survivors struggled without shelter, power, potable water, or even the means to summon help. At least 6,000 of the city's 38,000 residents died in the hurricane. Many observers predicted that Galveston would never recover and urged that the island be abandoned. Instead, the citizens of Galveston seized the opportunity, not just to rebuild, but to reinvent the city in a thoughtful, intentional way that reformed its government, gave women a larger role in its public life, and made it less vulnerable to future storms and flooding. This extensively illustrated history tells the full story of the 1900 Storm and its long-term effects. The authors draw on survivors' accounts to vividly recreate the storm and its aftermath. They describe the work of local relief agencies, aided by Clara Barton and the American Red Cross, and show how their short-term efforts grew into lasting reforms. At the same time, the authors reveal that not all Galvestonians benefited from the city's rebirth, as African Americans found themselves increasingly shut out from civic participation by Jim Crow segregation laws. As the centennial of the 1900 Storm prompts remembrance and reassessment, this complete account will be essential and fascinating reading for all who seek to understand Galveston's destruction and rebirth.

Thunderstruck

Thunderstruck
Author: Erik Larson
Publsiher: Crown
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2006-10-24
ISBN 10: 0307351920
ISBN 13: 9780307351920
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thunderstruck Book Review:

A true story of love, murder, and the end of the world’s “great hush.” In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men—Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication—whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time. Set in Edwardian London and on the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia, Thunderstruck evokes the dynamism of those years when great shipping companies competed to build the biggest, fastest ocean liners; scientific advances dazzled the public with visions of a world transformed; and the rich outdid one another with ostentatious displays of wealth. Against this background, Marconi races against incredible odds and relentless skepticism to perfect his invention: the wireless, a prime catalyst for the emergence of the world we know today. Meanwhile, Crippen, “the kindest of men,” nearly commits the perfect murder. With his unparalleled narrative skills, Erik Larson guides us through a relentlessly suspenseful chase over the waters of the North Atlantic. Along the way, he tells of a sad and tragic love affair that was described on the front pages of newspapers around the world, a chief inspector who found himself strangely sympathetic to the killer and his lover, and a driven and compelling inventor who transformed the way we communicate.

Through a Night of Horrors

Through a Night of Horrors
Author: Casey Edward Greene,Shelly Henley Kelly
Publsiher: Texas A&M University Press
Total Pages: 206
Release: 2002
ISBN 10: 9781585442287
ISBN 13: 1585442283
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Through a Night of Horrors Book Review:

In this work, witnesses to this deadly disaster describe, in many never-before-published accounts, their encounters with this monstrous storm.

The Perfect Storm A True Story of Men Against the Sea

The Perfect Storm  A True Story of Men Against the Sea
Author: Sebastian Junger
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 240
Release: 1997-05-17
ISBN 10: 9780393076615
ISBN 13: 039307661X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Perfect Storm A True Story of Men Against the Sea Book Review:

"There is nothing imaginary about Junger's book; it is all terrifyingly, awesomely real." —Los Angeles Times It was the storm of the century, boasting waves over one hundred feet high—a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologists deemed it "the perfect storm." In a book that has become a classic, Sebastian Junger explores the history of the fishing industry, the science of storms, and the candid accounts of the people whose lives the storm touched. The Perfect Storm is a real-life thriller that makes us feel like we've been caught, helpless, in the grip of a force of nature beyond our understanding or control. Winner of the American Library Association's 1998 Alex Award.

A Weekend in September

A Weekend in September
Author: John Edward Weems
Publsiher: Franklin Classics Trade Press
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2018-11-11
ISBN 10: 9780353303973
ISBN 13: 0353303976
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Weekend in September Book Review:

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

STORY OF THE 1900 GALVESTON HURRICANE

STORY OF THE 1900 GALVESTON HURRICANE
Author: Nathan C. Green
Publsiher: Pelican Publishing Company
Total Pages: 384
Release: 1999-12-31
ISBN 10: 1455612553
ISBN 13: 9781455612550
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

STORY OF THE 1900 GALVESTON HURRICANE Book Review:

One hundred years after the hurricane of 1900 devastated Galveston, Texas, it remains the most deadly natural disaster in United States history. Although many heeded the warnings of local weatherman Dr. Isaac Monroe Cline, numerous others did not. More than 6,000 souls perished. Shortly after the storm, author Nathan C. Green set out to share with the world the Story of the 1900 Galveston Hurricane . For those who had lost their lives, he would become their voice; for those who had somehow miraculously survived, he would become their chronicler. To further memorialize the events of the Galveston Hurricane, Pelican has reprinted Dr. Isaac Monroe Cline's Storms, Floods and Sunshine: An Autobiography, which it first published in 1945.

Storm Kings

Storm Kings
Author: Lee Sandlin
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 266
Release: 2014
ISBN 10: 0307473589
ISBN 13: 9780307473585
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Storm Kings Book Review:

" With 16 pages of black-and-white illustrationsFrom the acclaimed author of Wicked Rivercomes Storm Kings, a riveting tale of supercell tornadoes and the quirky, pioneering, weather-obsessed scientists whose discoveries created the science of modern meteorology. hile tornadoes have occasionally been spotted elsewhere, only the central plains of North America have the perfect conditions for their creation. For the early settlers the sight of a funnel cloud was an unearthly event. They called it the Storm King, and their descriptions bordered on the supernatural- it glowed green or red, it whistled or moaned or sang. In Storm Kings,Lee Sandlin explores America's fascination with and unique relationship to tornadoes. From Ben Franklin's early experiments to the great storm war of the nineteenth century to heartland life in the early twentieth century, Sandlin re-creates with vivid descriptions some of the most devastating storms in America's history, including the Tri-state Tornado of 1925 and the Peshtigo fire tornado, whose deadly path of destruction was left encased in glass. rawing on memoirs, letters, eyewitness testimonies, an

A Furious Sky The Five Hundred Year History of America s Hurricanes

A Furious Sky  The Five Hundred Year History of America s Hurricanes
Author: Eric Jay Dolin
Publsiher: Liveright Publishing
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2020-08-04
ISBN 10: 1631495283
ISBN 13: 9781631495281
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Furious Sky The Five Hundred Year History of America s Hurricanes Book Review:

Finalist • Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction Editor's Choice • New York Times Book Review With A Furious Sky, best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin tells the history of America itself through its five-hundred-year battle with the fury of hurricanes. Hurricanes menace North America from June through November every year, each as powerful as 10,000 nuclear bombs. These megastorms will likely become more intense as the planet continues to warm, yet we too often treat them as local disasters and TV spectacles, unaware of how far-ranging their impact can be. As best-selling historian Eric Jay Dolin contends, we must look to our nation’s past if we hope to comprehend the consequences of the hurricanes of the future. With A Furious Sky, Dolin has created a vivid, sprawling account of our encounters with hurricanes, from the nameless storms that threatened Columbus’s New World voyages to the destruction wrought in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. Weaving a story of shipwrecks and devastated cities, of heroism and folly, Dolin introduces a rich cast of unlikely heroes, such as Benito Vines, a nineteenth-century Jesuit priest whose innovative methods for predicting hurricanes saved countless lives, and puts us in the middle of the most devastating storms of the past, none worse than the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, which killed at least 6,000 people, the highest toll of any natural disaster in American history. Dolin draws on a vast array of sources as he melds American history, as it is usually told, with the history of hurricanes, showing how these tempests frequently helped determine the nation’s course. Hurricanes, it turns out, prevented Spain from expanding its holdings in North America beyond Florida in the late 1500s, and they also played a key role in shifting the tide of the American Revolution against the British in the final stages of the conflict. As he moves through the centuries, following the rise of the United States despite the chaos caused by hurricanes, Dolin traces the corresponding development of hurricane science, from important discoveries made by Benjamin Franklin to the breakthroughs spurred by the necessities of the World War II and the Cold War. Yet after centuries of study and despite remarkable leaps in scientific knowledge and technological prowess, there are still limits on our ability to predict exactly when and where hurricanes will strike, and we remain terribly vulnerable to the greatest storms on earth. A Furious Sky is, ultimately, a story of a changing climate, and it forces us to reckon with the reality that as bad as the past has been, the future will probably be worse, unless we drastically reimagine our relationship with the planet.

In the Garden of Beasts

In the Garden of Beasts
Author: Erik Larson
Publsiher: Crown Pub
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2011
ISBN 10: 0307408841
ISBN 13: 9780307408846
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In the Garden of Beasts Book Review:

The best-selling author of Devil in the White City documents the efforts of first American ambassador to Hitler's Germany William E. Dodd to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship with Gestapo chief Rudolf Diels.

Servants of the Storm

Servants of the Storm
Author: Delilah S. Dawson
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2014-08-05
ISBN 10: 1442483806
ISBN 13: 9781442483804
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Servants of the Storm Book Review:

“An urban fantasy that could rival some of Holly Black’s most imaginative and creepy fare” (BCCB). A year ago, Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction—and taking the life of Dovey’s best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her. But recently she’s started to believe she’s seeing things that can’t be real…including Carly at their favorite café. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined. As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah—where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk—she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa Baa Black Sheep
Author: Gregory Boyington
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2013-08-07
ISBN 10: 0804150796
ISBN 13: 9780804150798
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Baa Baa Black Sheep Book Review:

Here, in his own words, is the true story of America's wildest flying hero, of his extraordinary heroism, and of his greatest battle of all—the fight to survive. The World War II air war in the Pacific needed tough men like Colonel Pappy Boyington and his Black Sheep Squadron. The legendary Marine Corps officer and his bunch of misfits, outcasts, and daredevils gave new definition to “hell-raising”—on the ground and in the skies. Pappy himself was a living legend—he personally shot down twenty-eight Japanese planes, and won the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. He broke every rule in the book doing so, but when he fell into the hands of the vengeful Japanese his real ordeal began.

Dead Wake

Dead Wake
Author: Erik Larson
Publsiher: Crown
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2015-03-10
ISBN 10: 0553446754
ISBN 13: 9780553446753
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dead Wake Book Review:

#1 New York Times Bestseller From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds”—the fastest liner then in service—and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small—hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more—all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history. It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.

The Drowning House

The Drowning House
Author: Elizabeth Black
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2013-01-15
ISBN 10: 0385535872
ISBN 13: 9780385535878
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Drowning House Book Review:

A gripping suspense story about a woman who returns to Galveston, Texas after a personal tragedy and is irresistibly drawn into the insular world she’s struggled to leave. Photographer Clare Porterfield's once-happy marriage is coming apart, unraveling under the strain of a family tragedy. When she receives an invitation to direct an exhibition in her hometown of Galveston, Texas, she jumps at the chance to escape her grief and reconnect with the island she hasn't seen for ten years. There Clare will have the time and space to search for answers about her troubled past and her family's complicated relationship with the wealthy and influential Carraday family. Soon she finds herself drawn into a century-old mystery involving Stella Carraday. Local legend has it that Stella drowned in her family's house during the Great Hurricane of 1900, hanged by her long hair from the drawing room chandelier. Could Stella have been saved? What is the true nature of Clare's family's involvement? The questions grow like the wildflower vines that climb up the walls and fences of the island. And the closer Clare gets to the answers, the darker and more disturbing the truth becomes. Steeped in the rich local history of Galveston, The Drowning House portrays two families, inextricably linked by tragedy and time. "The Drowning House marks the emergence of an impressive new literary voice. Elizabeth Black's suspenseful inquiry into dark family secrets is enriched by a remarkable succession of images, often minutely observed, that bring characters, setting, and story sharply into focus." —John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

The Splendid and the Vile

The Splendid and the Vile
Author: Erik Larson
Publsiher: Crown Books
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2020
ISBN 10: 0385348711
ISBN 13: 9780385348713
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Splendid and the Vile Book Review:

Bleak Expectations -- The Rising Threat -- A Certain Eventuality -- Dread -- Blood and Dust -- The Americans -- Love Amid the Flames -- One Year to the Day -- Epilogue.