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Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
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Erik Larson is a regular contributor to national magazines including Time, The Atlantic, and Harper's. Filled with images as powerful as the hurricane it describes, Isaac's Storm immediately swept onto best-seller lists across the country. In 1900, Isaac Monroe Cline was in charge of the Galveston station of the U.S. Weather Bureau. He was a knowledgeable, seasoned weatherman who considered himself a scientist. When he heard the deep thudding of waves on Galveston's beach in the early morning of September 8th, however, Cline refused to be alarmed. The city had been hit by bad weather before. But by the time this storm had moved across Galveston, at least 6,000—probably closer to 10,000—people were dead, and Cline would never look at hurricanes the same way again. Based on a wealth of primary sources, Erik Larson's unforgettable work will haunt you long after the final sentence. Narrator Richard M. Davidson infuses each chapter with added intensity.

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Street Date:
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Erik Larson. (2015). Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc.

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Erik Larson. 2015. Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History. Recorded Books, Inc.

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Erik Larson, Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History. Recorded Books, Inc, 2015.

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Erik Larson. Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc, 2015.

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      • content: One hundred years ago this September, a hurricane blew Galveston, Texas, apart, drowning at least 6000 citizens. U.S. Weather Bureau Station Chief Isaac Cline believed that the city was not in the natural path of storms of deadly strength. Larson's account vividly reconstructs the sights, sounds, and smells of turn-of-the-century Galveston from contemporary letters, diaries, journals, telegrams, photographs, and victim lists to examine the tragic consequences of Cline's misjudgment. Richard Davidson resists presenting the pre-storm context in a naĆ²ve tone, but reads throughout with appropriate expressions of imminent danger and, later, of catastrophe. Davidson's sense of measured concern helps pace the listener through some eccentric detail to bring out Larson's thoroughly researched account. A bonus cassette contains an upbeat and informative interview with the author, who discusses, among other things, his technique for turning plausible inferences from primary sources into a unique brand of journalistic history. V.B. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine
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        Torqued by drama and taut with suspense, this absorbing narrative of the 1900 hurricane that inundated Galveston, Tex., conveys the sudden, cruel power of the deadliest natural disaster in American history. Told largely from the perspective of Isaac Cline, the senior U.S. Weather Bureau official in Galveston at the time, the story considers an era when "the hubris of men led them to believe they could disregard even nature itself." As barometers plummet and wind gauges are plucked from their moorings, Larson (Lethal Passage) cuts cinematically from the eerie "eyewall" of the hurricane to the mundane hubbub of a lunchroom moments before it capitulates to the arriving winds, from the neat pirouette of Cline's house amid rising waters to the bridge of the steamship Pensacola, tossed like flotsam on the roiling seas. Most intriguingly, Larson details the mistakes that led bureau officials to dismiss warnings about the storm, which killed over 6000 and destroyed a third of the island city. The government's weather forecasting arm registered not only temperature and humidity but also political climate, civic boosterism and even sibling rivalries. America's patronizing stance toward Cuba, for instance, shut down forecasts from Cuban meteorologists, who had accurately predicted the Galveston storm's course and true scale, even as U.S. weather officials issued mollifying bulletins calling for mere rain and high winds. Larson expertly captures the power of the storm itself and the ironic, often catastrophic consequences of the unpredictable intersection of natural force and human choice. Major ad/promo; author tour; simultaneous Random House audio; foreign rights sold in Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan and the U.K.

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      • content: Erik Larson's exemplary research and skillful writing, and Edward Herrmann's careful and somehow dispassionately compassionate reading, make this audiobook about the 1900 Galveston hurricane gripping and, at times, disorienting. Before Galveston turned into Atlantis, Herrmann intones, "It was a time when the hubris of men led them to believe that they could disregard even nature itself." Though published in 2000, the book has eerie parallels with recent events--a dysfunctional federal agency, a once-in-a millennium storm. The incredible details, especially the storm's unimaginable aftermath (how does a city dispose of 8,000 bodies?) are the stuff nightmares are made of. R.W.S. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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