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James

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  • Isaac's Storm

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    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 6,000 people in what remains the greatest natural disaster in American history.

    Greg Mefford says: "A wonderful listen"
    "The Power of a Hurricane"
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    Good, well-paced story about the hurricane that struck Galveston TX in 1900. There are some well written segments about the science of hurricane formation and movement, but the more compelling parts of the story dealt with the storm's devastating impact on the people and the island, as well as the early days of the National Weather Service. The book was written before the more recent assault on Galveston by Hurricane Ike, when there were more huge losses of lives and property, so it seems that over time we need to be reminded of the fierce power of these storms. This book provides that reminder.

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