The Great Hurricane--1938

The Great Hurricane--1938

Audiobook CD - 2005
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On the night of September 20, 1938, the news on the radio was full of Hitler's pending invasion of Czechoslovakia. In a matter of hours, however, a hurricane of unprecedented force would tear through one of the wealthiest and most populated stretches of coastline in America, obliterating communities from Long Island to Providence, destroying entire fishing fleets from Montauk to Narragansett Bay, and leaving seven hundred people dead.

Using newspaper reports, survivor testimony, and archival sources, Cherie Burns reconstructs this harrowing day and the amazing tales of heroism, survival, and loss that occurred. Those who survived still remember the Great Hurricane as the most terrifying moment of their lives. Burns's masterful storytelling follows the storm's monstrous path and preserves for posterity the way the Great Hurricane changed New England forever.

Publisher: Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audiobooks, p2005
ISBN: 9780786176465
Branch Call Number: SCD 363.34 Burns
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (ca. 6 hr.) digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Fields, Anna


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Mar 25, 2018

This is an important bit of American history that appeal to (most likely) people interested in history, the advancement in meteorological study & reporting it. And/or those over 60 who may have heard parents, grandparents tell of this truly great hurricane that seemed to come out of nowhere to kill 700 people. It was a trip down history lane as to the mind of America in 1938. A time when it's only 9 years out of the greatest depression a very few Americans are coming out of poverty, the rumors of another war with Germany and the mind-bending horror of Hitler begins to surface. I was especially impressed in the telling of the long forgotten value of economy, the lack of flaunting status. Yes, I recommend this read.


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