Isaac's Storm

Isaac's Storm

A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

Book - 1999
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Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city of Galveston, Texas, where he was based was to him preposterous. It is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets nature's last uncontrollable force, based on Cline's own letters, telegrams, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the hows and whys of great storms.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [1999], ©1999
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780609602331
Branch Call Number: 976.4 La
Description: 323 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Cline, Isaac Monroe 1861-1955


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Aug 28, 2017

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.

AL_MARCIA Jul 12, 2017

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!

May 09, 2017

If weather is your thing, you need to read this.

HCL_staff_reviews Dec 01, 2016

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

AL_LESLEY Nov 23, 2016

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.

Jun 01, 2016

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.

1051emma Oct 22, 2014

a great read

Feb 03, 2013

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.

Jan 20, 2013

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.

Mar 29, 2012

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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