Interesting account of the storm. It seems others dispute the author's conclusions about Cline's actions before the storm, but you will still get a feeling for the terror of the event. The book would have benefited immensely by the addition of photos (which Larson references in the Notes at the end) and a greater detailed map of the city before and after the storm. He mentions many people and it would have been helpful to pinpoint their homes. Also he talks about some Galveston landmarks but doesn't go into details, which even searching the Internet were not forthcoming.
A beautifully written story that is both fascinating and devastating. I loved reading about the individuals caught in an unbelievable disaster in 1900 Galveston. A must read!
If weather is your thing, you need to read this.
In a gripping and absorbing fashion Larson has created a fast-paced narrative about the deadliest hurricane in United States history, in which between 6,000 and 8,000 people died and which destroyed 1/3 of Galveston, Texas on September 8, 1900. — Jennifer L., Ridgedale Library
Larson is an expert at delivering cold hard facts and gripping horror in the same sentence. A terrifying account of nature's destruction and the consequences of human hubris.
Erik Lawson did a remarkable job wading through the technical and historical developments in weather prediction building up to to such a devastating natural catastrophe. While the early reading is dry and factual, the description of the storm itself makes this a worthwhile read.
a great read
An interesting, but heartbreaking tale. The story seems to move a little slowly for a while, but speeds up later on. The facts and letters seem very well incorporated.
This is a great book for those who enjoy learning about weather and the history of weather forecasting. It goes into great detail about how people in history predicted storms. I learned a lot from this book, but personally I felt it was difficult to get into. Unless you find weather fascinating, it might be hard book to finish.
Isaac’s Storm --- by Erik Larson You might be forgiven for mistaking this book for a work of fiction. It is exciting and riveting enough; it has a tremendous plot and would make a tremendous movie perhaps even to rival Titanic. So you might be surprised to learn it is in fact fact. Isaac is a weather observer in Galveston Texas, at the start of the twentieth century in the employ of what is later to become the US weather office. It is a time of great optimism and a believed that everything that there is to be known about great storms is known and that none can reach Galveston: it is a time of great Hubris. This is something which shall come to revisit the city. The book is really very difficult to put down. The suspense builds exponentially. The weather, the great storm , wreak mayhem upon city. Erik has the knack for actually putting you in the storm. Yes, this is the second time I have read this book. It is better than the first.
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