Pick of the Month

Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson. I enjoy reading Erik Larson‘s books. And this book gets five stars from me. This is the true story of the devastating hurricane of September 8, 1900 that destroyed the growing city of Galveston, Texas, and Isaac Cline, at the time the resident meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau, who failed to grasp the true nature of the deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that greeted the city that morning.

Hours later, Galveston (a city in competition to be bigger and better than Houston) found itself submerged in a monster hurricane that destroyed the town and killed over six thousand people in the greatest natural disaster in American history. Erik Larson writes of Isaac Cline’s heroic struggle and his fatal miscalculation in the face of a storm of unimaginable magnitude and the devastation and personal tragedy faced by Galveston’s residents.  Another of Larson‘s brilliant histories, Isaac’s Storm is a riveting story of what can happen when human arrogance meets the uncontrollable force of nature.

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