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Isaac’s Storm: A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

Key insights from Erik Larson's

Isaac’s Storm: A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History


Key insights from Erik Larson's

Isaac’s Storm: A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

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The story of the worst natural disaster in US history.

In 1900, a Great Hurricane ravaged Galveston, Texas, killing thousands and destroying the town’s future. This hurricane is one of the most infamous storms of our time. In this Snapshot, you’ll learn about Isaac Cline, the first head of the Texas division of the National Weather Bureau, and how this massive storm influenced his life. You’ll also learn about the development of the meteorological profession and the attitudes that made the Great Hurricane especially deadly.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Are interested in the history of meteorology
  • Are curious about the most infamous storm in American history
  • Love the human stories that make up the history of science
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Introduction

At the turn of the century, Galveston, Texas, was on its way to becoming the next great American city. However, Galveston’s bright future disappeared after an exceptionally deadly hurricane killed thousands of people and destroyed much of the town in less than 24 hours.

What follows is a story of the hubris, miscalculation, and natural destruction that ended countless lives and changed one city forever.

The Promises of Galveston

In 1900, Galveston, Texas was one of the most promising cities in the country. As the 20th century was just beginning to unfold, Galveston boasted the...

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