Wednesday, April 27, 2011

WISH LIST: Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson

Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson

Description (Google Books):  

September 8, 1900, began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the U.S. 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 over 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.

Recommended by:  
Chew & Digest Books

Special Notes:  Larson's Devil in the White City still stands as my favorite non-fiction book to date.  He is an absolutely brilliant writer and I just want to read more!


  1. Thank you for mentioning me!

    Larson is my favorite nonfiction go-to guy, reading Thunderstruck right now and loving it.

  2. Sounds good - adding it to my wish list!

  3. ... You are so welcome! Is Thunderstruck his new one? He's supposed to be in my area next month and I really hope I can go to his event!

    Tracy ... Let me know when you end up reading it!

  4. I doubt it will be until next year, Tif, unless I really manage to read 50 books on my TBR shelf very early.

  5. Tracy ... Totally understand! I need to work on my shelves too!


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