The Storm of the Century

The Storm of the Century

Tragedy, Heroism, Survival, and the Epic True Story of America's Deadliest Natural Disaster: the Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900

eBook - 2015
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In this gripping narrative history, the beloved NBC weather personality vividly brings to life the Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900, the deadliest natural disaster in American history.On the afternoon of September 8, 1900, 200-mile-per-hour winds and fifteen-foot waves slammed into Galveston, the prosperous and growing port city on Texas's Gulf Coast. By dawn the next day, when the storm had passed, the city that existed just hours before was gone. Shattered, grief-stricken survivors emerged to witness a level of destruction never before seen: 8,000 corpses littered the streets and were buried under the massive wreckage. Rushing water had lifted buildings from their foundations, smashing them into pieces, while intensive winds had upended girders and trestles, driving them through house walls and into sidewalks. In less than twenty-four hours, one storm destroyed a major American metropoliś⁰4Сand awakened a nation to the terrifying power of nature.The Storm of the Century brings this legendary disaster and its aftermath into brilliant focus. No other natural disaster has ever matched the havoc caused by the awesome mix of winds, rains, and flooding that devastated this bustling metropolis and shocked a young, optimistic nation on the cusp of modernity. Exploring the impact of the disaster on a rising nation's confidencé⁰4Сthe pain and trauma of the loss and the determination of the responsé⁰4СAl Roker illuminates both the energy and the limitations of the American Century, and of nature itself.
Publisher: [United States] : HarperCollins, 2015
ISBN: 9780062364678
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Alternative Title: Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900


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Nov 15, 2017

I am a history enthusiast. Galveston's 1900 hurricane is one that interests me enough to read everything I can get my hands on about it.

Erik Larson's book "Isaac's Storm" was far better than this book.

Roker went into far too much detail about race relations in a book that should have been about meteorology and the disaster. I got so very bored by pages of non-relevant references to the race relations that I quit reading the book for several weeks. I had to renew it to finally read the remainder. Roker really should have written a separate book about race relations in Texas in 1900. This was NOT the place to push the segregation topic.

Al Roker has at least one thing very wrong. He claims that the Federal Government fired on Fort Sumter. In truth, the Confederates started the Civil War by firing on the Federal Fort Sumter! That made me question the accuracy of the rest of the book if he gets something so obviously wrong.

It was nothing but a rehashing plus a tale of the African American in Galveston 1900. I found the section on the relationship between the early weather service and their Cuban counterparts tedious. I kept asking myself just when were we going to get to the subject of what the book was supposed to be about!
Read "Isaac's Storm"... it is far more interesting. I couldn't put that book down once I started it. This one? I wouldn't recommend it.

Jun 05, 2017

Roker's book is a comprehensive look at the nat'l US situation, Cuban relations (poor), many personal accounts, excellent weather analysis (lacking in US weather bureau management) and graphic descriptions of the event & aftermath/recovery. The Publishers Weekly negative review of June 2015 is grossly inaccurate, biased & misleading.


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