by Loretta KalbNovember, 1999
Texas tempest On September 8, 1900, a horrendous combination of wind and water hit the Texas Gulf Coast. Eight thousand men, women, and children lost their lives, and Galveston then a gleaming, growing, enterprising city lost its future. Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History (5+ hours), read by Edward Herrmann, lives up to its ambitious subtitle. With fascinating detail and careful research, author Erik Larson intertwines a hair-raising description of the hurricane and its devastating aftermath with a vivid portrait of Isaac Cline, the respected head of the U.S. Weather Station in Galveston. He also offers an equally vivid portrait of that era in America, at the last turn of the century, when the hubris of men led them to believe that they could disregard even nature itself. Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.