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-

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Summary
An award-winning meteorologist presents an account of the legendary hurricane to assess its destruction of Galveston, role in thousands of deaths and influence on American history and culture.
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
Floods Texas Galveston History 20th century
Nonfiction
History
Galveston (Tex.) History.
Audiobooks.
20th century.
Publisher New York :HarperCollins,2015
HarperAudio2015
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Participants/Performers Byron Wagner.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
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ISBN 9780062395634
0062395637
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