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Isaac's Storm - The Drowning of Galveston - 8 September 1900: Larson, Erik Isaac's Storm - The Drowning of Galveston - 8 September 1900: Larson, Erik

Isaac's Storm - The Drowning of Galveston - 8 September 1900

Larson, Erik

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ISBN 10: 1857028414 / ISBN 13: 9781857028416
Published by Fourth Estate Ltd, London, 1999
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Blue hardcover 1st British Edition in dustjacket. Signed and inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Steven, Erik Larson 4/2/03." A very good copy with bumping to the lower corners. Clean, tight and unmarked. Minor bending to the spine tips. Unclipped jacket with matching bumps and bends at the tips and corners. Bright and attractive. 385 pp., indexed. Larson's 3rd book on the tragic Galveston hurricane of 1900. Bookseller Inventory # 678

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Title: Isaac's Storm - The Drowning of Galveston - ...

Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd, London

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition

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Galveston, Texas, 1900. Reports of a storm in the Gulf of Mexico are relayed to Isaac Cline, chief observer of the new Weather Bureau. But storms stay out at sea and veer East to run parallel to the coast normally. This one didn't ...Isaac Cline was confident of his ability to predict the weather: he had new technology at his disposal, 'perfect science', and, like America itself, he was sure that he was in control of his world, that the new century would be the American century, that the future was man's to command. And the coastal city of Galveston was a prosperous, enthusiastic place -- a jewel of progress and contentment, a model for the new century. The storm blew up in Cuba. It was, in modern jargon, an extreme hurricane -- and it did not circle around the Gulf of Mexico as storms routinely did. On 8 September 1900 it ploughed straight into Galveston. It was the meteorological equivalent of the Big One. It was to be the worst natural disaster ever to befall America to this day: between six and ten thousand people died, including Isaac Cline's wife and unborn child. With them died Cline's and America's hubris: the storm had simply blown them away. Told with a novelist's skill this is the true story of an awful and terrible natural catastrophe.

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Reading in his signature dispassionate style, narrator Edward Herrmann brings an eerie calm to this powerful chronicle of the deadliest storm ever to hit the United States--a huge and terribly destructive hurricane that struck land near Galveston, Texas in September of 1900. Author Erik Larson re-creates the events leading up to the disaster in astonishing detail, tracing the thoughts and actions of Isaac Cline, a scientist with America's burgeoning U.S. Weather Bureau. Cline's unwavering confidence--"In an age of scientific certainty one could not allow one's judgment to be clouded..."--blinds the meteorologist to the deadly onslaught about to be unleashed. Herrmann's calculated performance reflects the impending doom and dangers inherent to an unquestioned and absolute faith in science. (Running time: 5 hours, 3 cassettes) --George Laney

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