Isaac's Storm

A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

Author: Erik Larson

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307874095

Category: History

Page: 336

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At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city of Galveston, Texas, where he was based, was to him preposterous, "an absurd delusion." It was 1900, a year when America felt bigger and stronger than ever before. 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. That August, a strange, prolonged heat wave gripped the nation and killed scores of people in New York and Chicago. Odd things seemed to happen everywhere: A plague of crickets engulfed Waco. The Bering Glacier began to shrink. Rain fell on Galveston with greater intensity than anyone could remember. Far away, in Africa, immense thunderstorms blossomed over the city of Dakar, and great currents of wind converged. A wave of atmospheric turbulence slipped from the coast of western Africa. Most such waves faded quickly. This one did not. In Cuba, America's overconfidence was made all too obvious by the Weather Bureau's obsession with controlling hurricane forecasts, even though Cuba's indigenous weathermen had pioneered hurricane science. As the bureau's forecasters assured the nation that all was calm in the Caribbean, Cuba's own weathermen fretted about ominous signs in the sky. A curious stillness gripped Antigua. Only a few unlucky sea captains discovered that the storm had achieved an intensity no man alive had ever experienced. 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 fantastically tall waves and gorgeous pink sky, until the surf began ripping the city's beloved beachfront apart. Within the next few hours Galveston would endure a hurricane that to this day remains the nation's deadliest natural disaster. In Galveston alone 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. And Isaac Cline would experience his own unbearable loss. Meticulously researched and vividly written, Isaac's Storm is based on Cline's own letters, telegrams, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the hows and whys of great storms. Ultimately, however, it is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets nature's last great uncontrollable force. As such, Isaac's Storm carries a warning for our time. From the Hardcover edition.
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The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina

Lessons Learned

Author: President of the United States, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism ,Etats-Unis. Assistant to the President for homeland security and counterterrorism,Superintendent of Documents,Superintendent of Documents Staff

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 217

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"The objective of this report is to identify and establish a roadmap on how to do that, and lay the groundwork for transforming how this Nation- from every level of government to the private sector to individual citizens and communities - pursues a real and lasting vision of preparedness. To get there will require significant change to the status quo, to include adjustments to policy, structure, and mindset"--P. 2.
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Ecocritical Explorations in Literary and Cultural Studies

Fences, Boundaries, and Fields

Author: Patrick D. Murphy

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739131756

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 230

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In Ecocritical Explorations, Patrick D. Murphy explores environmental literature and environmental cultural issues through both theoretical and applied criticism. He engages with the concepts of referentiality, simplicity, the nation state, and virtual reality in the first section of the book, and then goes on to interrogate these issues in contemporary environmental literature, both American and international. He concludes his argument with a discussion of the larger frames of family dynamics and un-natural disasters, such as hurricanes and global warming, ending with a chapter on the integration of scholarship and pedagogy in the classroom, with reference to his own teaching experiences. Murphy's study provides a wide ranging discussion of contemporary literature and cultural phenomena through the lens of ecological literary criticism, giving attention to both theoretical issues and applied critiques. In particular, he looks at popular literary genres, such as mystery and science fiction, as well as actual disasters and disaster scenarios. Ecocritical Explorations in Literary and Cultural Studies is a timely contribution to ecological literary criticism and an insightful look into how we represent our relationship with the environment.
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To Conquer the Air

The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight

Author: James Tobin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743255363

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 433

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A history of the first-flight race documents the efforts of such Wright brothers competitors as the Smithsonian's Samuel Pierpont Langley, motocyclist Glenn Curtiss, and Alexander Graham Bell. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
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Sweet Pea at War

A History of USS Portland

Author: William Thomas Generous

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813122864

Category: History

Page: 290

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"Extensive research and interviews with members of the ship's crew make Sweet Pea at War the definitive history of Portland. Generous recounts her history, from launch to scrap yard, proving that she deserves to be remembered as one of the most important ships in U.S. naval history."--BOOK JACKET.
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All Crises are Global

Managing to Escape Chaos

Author: Marion K. Pinsdorf

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 9780823222612

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 262

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"A leading expert in corporate communications provides the basics of an effective crisis management plan." - dust jacket.
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The Real Story

A Guide to Nonfiction Reading Interests

Author: Sarah Statz Cords,Robert Burgin

Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 460

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Explores the genres and sub-genres of nonfiction and provides an annotated bibliography of more than five hundred popular nonfiction titles, organized according to genre with a focus on titles published in the last decade.
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Jewish American Literature

A Guide to Reading Interests

Author: Rosalind Reisner,Diana Tixier Herald

Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 339

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This groundbreaking work, the first readers' advisory guide to Jewish American literature, guides you in finding fiction and nonfiction books that match specific reading interests. More than 700 titles are categorized and described.
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Public Library Catalog 12th Edition

Guide to Reference Book and Adult Nonfiction

Author: Juliette Yaakov,John Greenfieldt,Patrice Bartell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780824210397

Category: Classified catalogs (Dewey decimal)

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