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.

The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina

Lessons Learned, February 2006

Author: President of the United States, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: 9780160756009

Category: History

Page: 223

View: 5716

Reviews the lessons learned from the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina, from the Army Corps of Engineers and the levees, to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies responding before, during and after the disaster along the Gulf Coast. Identifies and establishes a roadmap for doing better in the future. Lays 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 emergency preparedness.

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

View: 9792

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.

Sweet Pea at War

A History of USS Portland

Author: William Generous

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813128234

Category: History

Page: 312

View: 6154

"Few ships in American history have had as illustrious a history as the heavy cruiser USS Portland (CA-33), affectionately known by her crew as 'Sweet Pea.' With the destructionof most of the U.S. battleship fleet at Pearl Harbor, cruisers such as Sweet Pea carried the biggest guns the Navy possessed for nearly a year after the start of World War II. Sweet Pea at War describes in harrowing detail how Portland and her sisters protected the precious carriers and held the line against overwhelming Japanese naval strength. Portland was instrumental in the dramatic American victories at the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Battle of Midway, and the naval battle of Guadalcanal--conflicts that historians regard as turning points in the Pacific war. She rescued nearly three thousand sailors from sunken ships, some of them while she herself was badly damaged. Only a colossal hurricane ended her career, but she sailed home from that, too. Based on extensive research in official documents and interviews with members of the ship's crew, Sweet Pea at War recounts from launching to scrapping the history of USS Portland, demonstrating that she deserves to be remembered as one of the most important ships in U.S. naval history.

Tiergarten - In the Garden of Beasts

Ein amerikanischer Botschafter in Nazi-Deutschland

Author: Erik Larson

Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe

ISBN: 345585107X

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 8316

Berlin, 1933. William E. Dodd kommt als Botschafter nach Deutschland. Zunächst recht unkritisch, verkehren er und seine Tochter Martha mit hochrangigen Nazis und besuchen deren schillernde Partys. Doch die Schatten werden immer dunkler - bis zur blutigen »Nacht der langen Messer«, in der ein Ausbruch von Gewalt und Hass endgültig Hitlers skrupellose Ambitionen offenbart. Er ist nicht Roosevelts erste Wahl, doch da sich kein anderer Kandidat findet, wird der gutmütige Geschichtsprofessor Dodd nach Berlin geschickt. Dieser muss sich nicht nur mit den merkwürdigen Entwicklungen in Deutschland auseinandersetzen, sondern auch einem intriganten, politisch gleichgültigen State Department entgegentreten. Unterdessen ist Martha verzückt von den Partys und dem Pomp - und den hübschen jungen Nazis. Doch als sich Attacken auf Juden häufen, die Presse der Zensur unterworfen wird, Entwürfe von beängstigenden Gesetzen in den Umlauf kommen und schließlich in der »Nacht der langen Messer« Hitlers wahre Absichten offenbar werden, müssen die Dodds die Gefahr erkennen. Atemberaubend temporeich erzählt, mit unvergesslichen Porträts der neuen Herren von Deutschland, zeigt das Buch aus der Perspektive von externen Augenzeugen die Machtergreifung der Nazis in einem neuen Licht - und gibt Einblick, warum die Welt die ernste Bedrohung durch Hitler erst wahrnahm, als Berlin und Europa von Blut und Terror überschwemmt wurden.

American public life and the historical imagination

Author: Wendy Gamber,Michael Grossberg,Hendrik Hartog

Publisher: Univ of Notre Dame Pr


Category: History

Page: 308

View: 9357

OVER THE PAST THIRTY YEARS, a number of historians, preeminently Morton Keller of Brandeis University, have created a new field of historical study that reinvigorates political history by incorporating the study of legal, economic, religious, and cultural institutions into a broadly conceptualized history of American public life. The essays in American Public Life and the Historical Imagination, all written by former students of Keller, illuminate this new field while also offering a rich appreciation of the complex and diverse American experience. By applying a variety of critical historical strategies and methodologies to the study of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American public life, contributors to this volume unearth fascinating chronicles in American history. The alliance of the Anti-Saloon League and the Klu Klux Klan in the early twentieth century, hurricane control as a paradigm of twentieth-century institutional life, Native Americans as historians of the United States, and the difficulties that a legal theorist of the 1930s found in describing the functions of marriage, are just some of the topics covered. These essays explore an enlarged vision of American public life, one that incorporates all the institutions identified with American society, politics, and economy. Featuring many of the best-known historians of the United States, this splendid collection consists of fresh, first-rate scholarship that advances new arguments in the area of American public history.

Jewish American Literature

A Guide to Reading Interests

Author: Rosalind Reisner

Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated

ISBN: 9781563089848

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 339

View: 3878

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.

Raues Wetter

Ein Auftrag für Spenser

Author: Robert B. Parker Parker

Publisher: Pendragon Verlag

ISBN: 3865326374

Category: Fiction

Page: 216

View: 522

Ein neuer Auftrag für Spenser. Die reiche Heidi Bradshaw engagiert Spenser als persönlichen Schutz bei der Hochzeit ihrer Tochter auf der exklusiven Insel Tashtego. Auf der Hochzeitsfeier wird er Zeuge, wie die Tochter entführt und der frisch vermählte Ehemann ermordet wird. Der Täter: niemand Geringeres als der Graue Mann, Spensers Widersacher aus vergangenen Zeiten. Als die Insel von einem heftigen Sturm heimgesucht wird, bricht Chaos aus. Die Verbrecher sitzen auf der Insel fest, aber es kann auch keine Hilfe für die Hochzeitsgäste kommen. Am nächsten Tag sind der Graue Mann und die Tochter verschwunden. Spenser glaubt nicht, dass es nur um die Entführung geht. Gemeinsam mit seinem Kumpel Hawk versucht er, Licht ins Dunkel zu bringen ...

The Real Story

A Guide to Nonfiction Reading Interests

Author: Sarah Statz Cords

Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated

ISBN: 9781591582830

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 460

View: 3095

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.

Bureaus of Efficiency

Reforming Local Government in the Progressive Era

Author: Mordecai Lee

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780874620818

Category: Political Science

Page: 292

View: 7664

Bureaus of efficiency were established in America as part of the civic reform agenda during the Progressive era at the beginning of the twentieth century. In some cities they were nonprofit agencies pushing for governmental reform from the outside. In other cities, efficiency bureaus were established by reformers as departments within municipal government, school districts or counties. The goal of such bureaus was to promote efficiency in local government, as a way of fighting political corruption, urban machines and political bosses. Efficiency bureaus sought to professionalize local government through civil service systems, open competitive bidding, separation of public administration from politics, and reorganizing departments to reduce duplication. Efficiency has remained a powerful siren call in American political culture in the twenty-first century. In that respect, little has changed conceptually from the days of the bureaus of efficiency nearly a century earlier. The bureaus may have died out, but not their underlying goal. This volume presents a detailed reconstruction of this phenomenon in American urban history.

Connecting with Reluctant Teen Readers

Tips, Titles, and Tools

Author: Patrick Jones,Maureen L. Hartman,Patricia Taylor

Publisher: Neal Schuman Pub


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 314

View: 8821

A practical guide to defining and attracting reluctant readers is divided into three parts: "Tips That Work," "Titles That Work," and "Tools That Work."

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Category: History

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Der Untergang der Lusitania

Die größte Schiffstragödie des Ersten Weltkriegs

Author: Erik Larson

Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe

ISBN: 345585141X

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 4756

Das Drama der Lusitania: Das Schiff, dessen Untergang den Ersten Weltkrieg entschied. Am 7. Mai 2015 ist es 100 Jahre her, dass das amerikanische Passagierschiff Lusitania während des Ersten Weltkriegs von einem deutschen U-Boot angegriffen wurde und 1200 Menschen dabei ihr Leben verloren. Schuld war ein Zweikampf zwischen den Kapitänen: Walther Schwieger, der deutsche U-Boot-Kommandant, der ohne Warnung auch zivile Schiffe angreifen ließ; und William Turner, der erfahrene amerikanische Kapitän der Cunard-Linie, der entgegen allen Warnungen niemals glaubte, dass so etwas wirklich passieren könnte. Aus diesem Ereignis lässt Erik Larson eine atemberaubende Reportage entstehen: So ungewöhnlich, dass der Leser insgeheim zu hoffen beginnt, das Schicksal der Lusitania könnte doch noch eine andere Wendung nehmen.

Notable Natural Disasters: Events to 1970

Author: Marlene Bradford,Robert S. Carmichael

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781587653704

Category: Nature

Page: 1050

View: 9330

Scientific and historical overviews of natural disasters followed by a chronological survey of the worst or most notable disasters in history, including such recent events as the 2004 tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.