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September 8, 1900, began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the US Weather Bureau failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that greeted the city that morning. Mere hours later, Galveston found itself submerged in a monster hurricane that completely destroyed the town and killed more than six thousand people in what remains the greatest natural disaster in American history—and Isaac Cline found himself the victim of a devastating personal tragedy.

Using Cline’s own telegrams, letters, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the science of hurricanes, Erik Larson builds a chronicle of one man’s heroic struggle and fatal miscalculation in the face of a storm of unimaginable magnitude. Riveting, powerful, and unbearably suspenseful, Isaac’s Storm is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets the great uncontrollable force of nature.

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  • Isaac’s Storm so fully swept me away into another place, another time that I didn't want it to end…[It’s] a tale that reminds us that there are forces at work out there well beyond our control, and maybe even well beyond our understanding.”

    Alex Kotlowitz, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Side of the River and There Are No Children Here

  • The best storm book I've read, consumed mostly in twenty-four hours; these pages filled me with dread. Days later, I am still glancing out the window nervously. A well-told story. Daniel Hays, author of My Old Man and the Sea
  • Isaac's Storm so fully swept me away into another place, another time that I didn't want it to end. I braced myself from the monstrous winds, recoiled in shock at the sight of flailing children floating by, and shook my head at the hubris of our scientists who were so convinced that they had the weather all figured out. Erik Larson's writing is luminous, the story absolutely gripping. If there is one book to read as we enter a new millennium, it's Isaac's Storm, a tale that reminds us that there are forces at work out there well beyond our control, and maybe even well beyond our understanding. Alex Kotlowitz, author of The Other Side of the River and There Are No Children Here
  • There is electricity in these pages, from the crackling wit and intelligence of the prose to the thrillingly described terrors of natural mayhem and unprecedented destruction. Though brimming with the subtleties of human nature, the nuances of history, and the poetry of landscapes, Isaac's Storm still might best be described as a sheer page turner. Melissa Faye Greene, author of Praying for Sheetrock and The Temple Bombing
  • “A gripping account, horridly fascinating to its core, and all the more compelling for being true.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The best natural disaster book of the decade.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “The Jaws of hurricane yarns.”

    Washington Post

  • “[Larson has] made this great storm story a very human one—thanks to his use of the large number of survivors’ accounts—without ignoring the hurricane itself.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Vividly captures the devastation.”

    Newsday

  • “[A] classic tale of mankind versus nature.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Brilliant…Keeps the reader spellbound.”

    Times-Picayune

  • “With consummate narrative skill and insight into turn-of-the-century American culture…Larson’s story is about the folly of all who believe that man can master or outwit the forces of nature.”

    News & Observer

  • “Larson expertly captures the power of the storm itself and the ironic, often catastrophic consequences of the unpredictable intersection of natural force and human choice.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Those who think that the media overdramatizes potential storms may change their minds after reading this book.”

    VOYA

  • “Well-paced and full of absorbing details, this book is a fine example of popular history as well as a satisfying page-turner.”

    KLIATT

  • Isaac’s Storm is a compelling story of nature's overwhelming power and of government blunders.”

    Library Journal

  • “More than anything, this is a gripping and heartbreaking story of what happens when arrogance meets the immutable forces of nature.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Larson captures [Cline’s] ignominy, and the storm in its fury.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “There is electricity in these pages, from the crackling wit and intelligence of the prose to the thrillingly described terrors of natural mayhem and unprecedented destruction.”

    Melissa Faye Greene, author of Praying for Sheetrock

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