Erik Larson
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing Of The Lusitania
Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

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Readers say when a new Larson book comes out, they drop everything and read it. From the publisher: "It was 1900, a year when America felt bigger and stronger than ever before. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed the idea that a hurricane could damage the city of Galveston, Texas, where he was based, was to him preposterous. Nothing in nature could hobble the gleaming city of Galveston, then a magical place that seemed destined to become the New York of the Gulf. In Galveston, reassured by Cline's belief that no hurricane could seriously damage the city, there was celebration. Children played in the rising water. Hundreds of people gathered at the beach to marvel at the gorgeous pink sky. Within the next few hours at least 6,000 people, possibly as many as 10,000, would lose their lives, a number far greater than the combined death toll of the Johnstown Flood and 1906 San Francisco Earthquake."

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