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Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

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National Bestseller

September 8, 1900, began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that greeted the city that morning. Mere hours later, Galveston found itself submerged in a monster hurricane that completely destroyed the town and killed over six thousand people in what remains the greatest natural disaster in American history — and Isaac Cline found himself the victim of a devastating personal tragedy.

Using Cline's own telegrams, letters, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the science of hurricanes, Erik Larson builds a chronicle of one man's heroic struggle and fatal miscalculation in the face of a storm of unimaginable magnitude. Riveting, powerful, and unbearably suspenseful, Isaac's Storm is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets the great uncontrollable force of nature.

Review:

"Erik Laron's accomplishment is to have made this great-storm story a very human one — thanks to his use of the large number of survivors' accounts — without ignoring the hurricane itself." The Boston Globe

Review:

"Superb...Larson has made [Isaac] Cline, turn-of-the-century Galveston, and the Great Hurricane live again." The Wall Street Journal

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"There is electricity in these pages, from the crackling wit and intelligence of the prose to the thrillingly described terrors of natural mayhem and unprecedented destruction. Though brimming with the subtleties of human nature, the nuances of history, and the poetry of landscapes, Isaac's Storm still might best be described as a sheer page turner." Melissa Faye Greene, author of Praying for Sheetrock

Review:

"Isaac's Storm so fully swept me away into another place, another time that I didn't want it to end. I braced myself from the monstrous winds, recoiled in shock at the sight of flailing children floating by, and shook my head at the hubris of our scientists who were so convinced that they had the weather all figured out. Erik Larson's writing is luminous, the story absolutely gripping. If there is one book to read as we enter a new millennium, it's Isaac's Storm, a tale that reminds us that there are forces at work out there well beyond our control, and maybe even well beyond our understanding." Alex Kotlowitz, author of The Other Side of the River

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"The best storm book I've read, consumed mostly in twenty-four hours; these pages filled me with dread. Days later, I am still glancing out the window nervously. A well-told story." Daniel Hays, author of My Old Man and the Sea

Review:

"Vividly captures the devastation." Newsday

Review:

"This brilliant exploration of the hurrican's deadly force...tracks the gathering storm as if it were a character....Larson has the storyteller's gift of keeping the reader spellbound." The Times-Picayune

Review:

"With consumate narrative skill and insight into turn-of-the-century American culture...Larson's story is about the folly of all who believe that man can master or outwit the forces of nature." The News & Observer

Review:

“A gripping account...fascinating to its core, and all the more compelling for being true.” The New York Times Book Review

Review:

“Gripping...the Jaws of hurricane yarns.” The Washington Post

About the Author

Erik Larson is the bestselling author of the National Book Award finalist and Edgar Award-winning The Devil in the White City. He lives in Seattle with his wife, three daughters, and a dog named Molly.

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James Fritz, September 15, 2014 (view all comments by James Fritz)
I've read a few of Eric Larson's books and I've liked them all. He seems to be able to open a small portal in time. I'm adding a comment, because I'd really love to win this book. :-)
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Lou Ann Homan, September 12, 2014 (view all comments by Lou Ann Homan)
I have always been a fan of Erik Larson, but somehow I missed the book Isaac's Storm. I ordered a copy of Isaac's Storm last spring from Abe books. I always love it when the post delivers a book from Abe Books; they never disappoint me. This book was so fascinating about the hurricane in Galveston at the turn of the century. I really could not put it down until finished. I have since loaned it out to several other folks. It is historical fiction and a great read. Take a chance, especially if you love Erik Larson.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375708275
Subtitle:
A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Larson, Erik
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
Hurricanes
Subject:
Floods
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)
Subject:
Galveston
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
Galveston (Tex.) History 20th century.
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
104-887.
Publication Date:
20000731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.31x4.85x.69 in. .53 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375708275 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Erik Laron's accomplishment is to have made this great-storm story a very human one — thanks to his use of the large number of survivors' accounts — without ignoring the hurricane itself."
"Review" by , "Superb...Larson has made [Isaac] Cline, turn-of-the-century Galveston, and the Great Hurricane live again."
"Review" by , "There is electricity in these pages, from the crackling wit and intelligence of the prose to the thrillingly described terrors of natural mayhem and unprecedented destruction. Though brimming with the subtleties of human nature, the nuances of history, and the poetry of landscapes, Isaac's Storm still might best be described as a sheer page turner."
"Review" by , "Isaac's Storm so fully swept me away into another place, another time that I didn't want it to end. I braced myself from the monstrous winds, recoiled in shock at the sight of flailing children floating by, and shook my head at the hubris of our scientists who were so convinced that they had the weather all figured out. Erik Larson's writing is luminous, the story absolutely gripping. If there is one book to read as we enter a new millennium, it's Isaac's Storm, a tale that reminds us that there are forces at work out there well beyond our control, and maybe even well beyond our understanding."
"Review" by , "The best storm book I've read, consumed mostly in twenty-four hours; these pages filled me with dread. Days later, I am still glancing out the window nervously. A well-told story."
"Review" by , "Vividly captures the devastation."
"Review" by , "This brilliant exploration of the hurrican's deadly force...tracks the gathering storm as if it were a character....Larson has the storyteller's gift of keeping the reader spellbound."
"Review" by , "With consumate narrative skill and insight into turn-of-the-century American culture...Larson's story is about the folly of all who believe that man can master or outwit the forces of nature."
"Review" by , “A gripping account...fascinating to its core, and all the more compelling for being true.”
"Review" by , “Gripping...the Jaws of hurricane yarns.”
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