Book Review: Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson


Author: Erik Larson
Title: Isaac’s Storm
Publication Info: Random House Audio (2006), Edition: Abridged, Audio CD
ISBN: 9780739340363
Summary/Review:

Larson’s book The Devil in the White City was  good enough to make my list of  100 Favorite Books of All Time, so I had high hopes for this book.  This is of narrative nonfiction that tells the biography of meteorologist Isaac Cline and the birth of the National Weather Service.  Cline was on duty in Galveston, Texas in September 1900 when that city was hit by a hurricane leading to one of the most deadly natural disasters in American history.  The life of Cline and the vivid firsthand accounts of the hurricane are fascinating, but overall I felt this book wasn’t a very interesting addiction to the popular history genre.

Recommended books: Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan, Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It by Gina Kolata and A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester
Rating: **1/2

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