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Synopsis: Flash floods spread violence and fear over the land. And yet, they sometimes bring peace and grace. You will meet survivors whose stories explain such a paradox. Gripping stories of five flash floods that raged in the Grand Canyon and elsewhere in Arizona within a two-month span and killed 22 people.
From the Publisher: When author Craig Childs tackles a project, we have learned to expect great things. His first book for Arizona Highways, GRAND CANYON: TIME BELOW THE RIM, won the Publishers Marketing Association's Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Nature Book of 1999. In 2002 he again brought home the Ben Franklin Award with THE SOUTHWEST'S CONTRARY LAND.
Now, in THE DESERT CRIES, Childs takes readers on a dramatic read into the roiling bellies of five flash floods that swept across the desert and through canyons in August and September of 1997, killing 19 people in Arizona alone.
The author summarizes the book this way:
"Illegal migrants from Mexico were swept through a storm drain while crossing the border. Eleven hikers perished as a wall of water plunged through a majestic slot canyon, leaving only their guide alive. More vanished in a flood down Phantom Canyon in the Grand Canyon. Surrounding these deadly floods came still more where, miraculously, no one was killed. At 90 miles per hour a passenger train plunged into a flooding arroyo near Kingman, Arizona. Two hundred people fled to safety as the Grand Canyon's Havasu Canyon flooded, exploding rafts and kayaks out of its mouth into the Colorado River.
"This book chronicles the events of that summer, some of them only two days apart. While working on a master's thesis focusing primarily on the dynamics of desert floods, I turned my attention to these accumulating disasters. I found that in a land commonly believed to be free of floods, people were dying each summer like clockwork. I spoke to survivors and to rescuers who exhumed bodies from the deep mud of canyon floors. I studies radar imagery of the storms in question and retraced each event in painful detail.
"Like the floods themselves, this is a swift, sudden book. It throws the stories out as quickly as they happened. Each story is intense and brief, giving insight into the hydrology of a slot canyon flood, or the natural movement of thunderstorms, but focusing on the details of what happened as those very moments. This book is not written to sensationalize. It is merely an offering of stories."
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