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Isaac's storm [electronic resource] : a man, a time, and the deadliest hurricane in history / Erik Larson.

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  • ISBN: 9780307874092 (electronic bk.)
  • ISBN: 0307874095 (electronic bk.)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (313 p.) : maps.
  • Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2000.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Based on the diaries of Isaac Monroe Cline and on contemporary accounts.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Atlantic Ocean map -- Galveston map -- Beach: September 8, 1900 -- Law of storms -- Serpent's coil -- Spectacle -- Cataclysm -- Strange news -- Haunted -- Notes -- Sources.
Summary, etc.:
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 by a monster hurricane that completely destroyed the town and killed over 6,000 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. Thrilling, powerful, and unrelentingly suspenseful, Isaac's Storm is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets the uncontrollable force of nature.
Source of Description Note:
Description based on print version record.
Subject: Galveston (Tex.) > History > 20th century.
Hurricanes > Texas > Galveston > History > 20th century.
Floods > Texas > Galveston > History > 20th century.
Cline, Isaac Monroe, 1861-1955.
Galveston (Tex.) > Biography.
Genre: Electronic books.
Summary: 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 by a monster hurricane that completely destroyed the town and killed over 6,000 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. Thrilling, powerful, and unrelentingly suspenseful, Isaac's Storm is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets the uncontrollable force of nature.

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