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With masterful storytelling skill, Burns follows the punishing path of the Great Hurricane of 1938, which hit the eastern seaboard, from Long Island to Connecticut and Rhode Island, in a seamless and suspenseful narrative, preserving for posterity the personal stories of survivors and the legend of the storm.

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On the night of September 21,1938, news on the radio was full of the invasion of Czechoslovakia. There was no mention of any severe weather. By the time oceanfront residents noticed an ominous color in the sky, it was too late to escape. In an age before warning systems and the ubiquity of television, this unprecedented storm caught the Northeast off guard, obliterated coastal communities, and killed seven hundred people.

The Great Hurricane: 1938 is a spellbinding hour-by-hour reconstruction of one of the most destructive and powerful storms ever to hit the United States. With riveting detail, Burns weaves together the countless personal stories of loved ones lost and lives changed forever — from those of the Moore family, washed to sea on a raft formerly their attic floor, to Katharine Hepburn, holed up in her Connecticut mansion, watching her car take to the air like a bit of paper.

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peter in port, December 7, 2011 (view all comments by peter in port)
The great hurricane of 1938 was a meteorological freak-- it arose so quickly the national weather bureau did not even forecast it. Forty foot high waves crashed onto the beaches of Long Island and New England. The city of Providence, Rhode Island had water up to the second floor of its high rises. In an era before satellites, radar, and TV, the public was unprepared, and many suffered, hundreds died harrowing deaths. The storm was so ferocious it knocked down church steeples and trees in northern New England, hundreds of miles inland. Cherie Burns does a great job of summarizing this disaster which left many people dead, homeless, or scarred. The book is also very good at capturing a time just before World War II, when people were still reeling from the Depression. Very informative.
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ISBN:
9780802142542
Author:
Burns, Cherie
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
History - United States/20th Century
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/Depression
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pages of BandW illustrations
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 10.5 oz

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On the night of September 21,1938, news on the radio was full of the invasion of Czechoslovakia. There was no mention of any severe weather. By the time oceanfront residents noticed an ominous color in the sky, it was too late to escape. In an age before warning systems and the ubiquity of television, this unprecedented storm caught the Northeast off guard, obliterated coastal communities, and killed seven hundred people.

The Great Hurricane: 1938 is a spellbinding hour-by-hour reconstruction of one of the most destructive and powerful storms ever to hit the United States. With riveting detail, Burns weaves together the countless personal stories of loved ones lost and lives changed forever — from those of the Moore family, washed to sea on a raft formerly their attic floor, to Katharine Hepburn, holed up in her Connecticut mansion, watching her car take to the air like a bit of paper.

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