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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 / Al Roker.

Roker, Al, 1954- (Author).

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  • 3 of 3 copies available at Kenton County.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Covington Branch 976.4139 R742s 2015 (Text) 33126020841841 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Erlanger Branch 976.4139 R742s 2015 (Text) 33126020841890 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Wm. E. Durr Branch 976.4139 R742s 2015 (Text) 33126020841833 Adult Nonfiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062364654 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0062364650 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 9780062364661
  • ISBN: 0062364669
  • Physical Description: vi, 312 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 302-304) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Underwater -- They all had plans. Looking forward ; The storm: Africa ; A reasonable argument ; Storm watcher ; The storm: from Cuba to Texas -- Maelstrom. Galveston: Thursday, September 6 ; Friday: the waves ; Saturday morning: storm tide ; Saturday afternoon: "half the city underwater" ; The night of horrors -- The white city on the beach. Telegraph silence ; The pile ; "I can begin life again, as I entered it" ; "In pity's name, in America's name" ; No tongue can tell.
Summary, etc.:
Presents an account of the legendary hurricane to assess its destruction of Galveston, role in thousands of deaths, and influence on American history and culture. --Publisher's description.
Subject: Hurricanes > Texas > Galveston > History > 20th century.
Galveston (Tex.) > History > 20th century.

  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2015 March #2

    NBC weather star Roker knows from storms. The one he describes here swept into Galveston, TX, in 1900 on 200-mile-an-hour winds and left 8,000 dead. Thus was an optimistic and frisky young America reminded that nature has the last word.

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  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2015 June #1

    This is the story of the Galveston, TX, hurricane of 1900, considered to be the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. Focusing on the human experience of the storm, weather forecaster and author Roker (Don't Make Me Stop This Car) follows survivors before, during, and after the hurricane in order to elucidate what people on Galveston Island encountered as the storm raged through the city. Unlike other books devoted to the subject, such as Erik Larson's Isaac's Storm, Roker's account investigates the race relations of the time and the impacts of minorities living in Galveston both during the city's rise and in the aftermath of the disaster. While discussions of meteorology (and meteorological history) are broached, they are not the primary focus. Rather, Roker succeeds in presenting a broad overview of the event, emphasizing the individual experiences of residents. VERDICT Readers who are new to the subject would be well served in choosing this compelling work. However, those who are familiar with the event or who are looking for a more scholarly treatment should consider Larson's Isaac's Storm. [See Prepub Alert, 2/23/15.]—Laura Hiatt-Smith, Conifer, CO

    [Page 116]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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