The storm of the century : tragedy, heroism, survival, and the epic true story of America's deadliest natural disaster : the great Gulf hurricane of 1900

by Roker, Al, 1954-

Format: Print Book 2015
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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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "With hurricanes Sandy in 2012 and Katrina in 2005 still fresh in the collective American memory, it may be hard for most people to imagine that a hurricane far more deadly and devastating than either of these two storms struck the Gulf Coast on September 8, 1900. In this vivid and absorbing account of the infamous Great Galveston Hurricane, a landmark in meteorological history, beloved NBC weatherman Roker (Never Going Back, 2012) covers both the larger international story surrounding the disaster and the individual stories of Galveston citizens who survived it. In addition to chronicling the events leading to the Texas tourist town's vulnerability to violent weather, Roker also recounts his version of the tragic fate befalling Isaac Cline, the Galveston meteorologist profiled in Erik Larson's best-seller Isaac's Storm (1999). Unlike Larson, however, Roker also describes the heroic struggles of Galveston residents, such as painter Boyer Gonzalez and schoolteacher Daisy Thorne, to rescue themselves as well as other townspeople. History buffs and climate watchers alike will find Roker's work both spellbinding and informative.--Hays, Carl Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this chronological account, TV meteorologist Roker revisits the "worst natural disaster of any kind, ever to hit the United States": the category-four hurricane that pounded Galveston, Tex., on Sept. 8, 1900. The storm killed more than 10,000 people, caused nearly $20 million in damages ($700 million in 2015 dollars), and left "a great city reduced overnight to miles of rubble." Roker introduces readers to such local figures as Galveston's chief meteorologist, Isaac Cline, "a nationally recognized weather expert" who nevertheless failed to prepare the city for disaster; Annie and Ed McCullough, newlyweds whose home "lay two short blocks from the gulf beach"; and police chief Edwin N. Ketchum, a "proud Yankee veteran" who hosted popular annual picnics. He sets the stage for the drama with a comprehensive, but accessible history of Galveston, at the time "Texas's greatest metropolis" and "one of the world's greatest ports." However, readers are left in the dark as to why Roker decided to retell this story now, and whatever resonances may exist with more recent events are left implied, rather than explored explicitly. Without more context or connection, readers will be left wondering what Roker's goal might be. Agent: Mel Berger, William Morris Endeavor. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Hurricanes -- Texas -- Galveston -- History -- 20th century.
Galveston (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
Publisher New York, NY :William Morrow,2015
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description vi, 312 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 300-304) and index.
ISBN 9780062364654
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