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Isaac's storm : the drowning of Galveston, 8 September 1900

Author: Erik Larson
Publisher: London : Fourth Estate, 1999
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Galveston, Texas, 8 September 1900. It's another fine day in the Gulf according to Isaac Cline, chief observer of the new US Weather Bureau, but one day later, 6-10,000 people were dead, wiped out by the biggest storm the coast of America had ever witnessed. Isaac Cline was confident of his ability to predict the weather: he had new technology at his disposal, 'perfect science', and, like America itself, he was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Isaac Monroe Cline; Isaac Monroe Cline
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erik Larson
ISBN: 1857028422 9781857028423
OCLC Number: 46500384
Description: 371 pages, maps ; 20 cm
Responsibility: Erik Larson.
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Galveston, Texas, 1900. Reports of a storm in the Gulf of Mexico are relayed to Isaac Cline, chief observer of the new Weather Bureau. But storms stay out at sea and veer East to run parallel to the  Read more...

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