Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The hurricane of 1900 that devastated Galveston, Texas is recounted in clear detail in Isaac's Storm. As usual, Erik Larson brings history to life as he introduces the reader to Isaac Cline, an up and coming scientist who is employed by the national Weather Bureau to head up the Galveston office, a place where no one expects any type of extreme weather. However, in the fall of 1900, one of the deadliest hurricanes to come on US soil strikes the town, nearly leveling the place and killing thousands of residents and vacationers.
Larson's writing is superb and well researched. Drawing on primary resources, including telegraphs, photographs, newspaper articles, and letters, Larson details Cline's life, the early days of the Weather Bureau, important events leading up to that fateful day, and Cline's part in it. Another great read from Erik Larson.
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