Monday, October 23, 2006
#52: Isaac's Storm
I really enjoyed the last book I read by Erik Larson called The Devil in the White City so I checked out another book by him from the library. I was not disappointed because Isaac's Storm was another excellent and captivating historical book by Larson. In it he tells the story of the deadliest hurricane in U.S. history that hit Galveston in September of 1900. Larson included a great deal about the history of the National Weather Service and the science of meteorology, which made the book very interesting. He also meticulously researched journals and personal accounts of the storm to give and accurate portrayal of the strength and amount of destruction the storm brought. There were a few points that the sheer volume of destruction/loss of life was too overwhelming for me to read so I just had to take a break from the book.
I have decided that I really like reading books about specific events in history but I am also afraid I will check out a boring one. So, if you have any recommendations please send them my way.