Thursday, July 12, 2012

Book Review: Isaac's Storm

Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson

On September 8, 1900 a deadly hurricane hit Galveston, Texas, killing more than six thousand people and devastating the growing seaside town. Isaac Cline, the resident meteorologist in Galveston, misinterpreted the signs he saw that morning, and the strength and power of the storm surprised everyone.

Back at the beginning of the 20th century, meteorology was not a science many people had faith in. They didn't think you could accurately predict the weather. The arrogance and politics in the weather service didn't help matters. And it certainly prevented Galveston from potentially getting a warning of the storm. 

Larson tells the story of not only the Galveston hurricane, but the history of meteorology and hurricane knowledge. He even goes into the invention of the barometer. 

I know it sounds like a potentially dull book, but I loved it. I've never been incredibly fascinated with weather or storm, but I was by this book. That's the great thing about Larson. In his very capable hands, what could have been a very dry book became a story that was gripping and even suspenseful. I almost forgot I was reading nonfiction.

Definitely one to add to your list to read if you enjoy nonfiction. And even if you don't.

Next month - The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion for this review.

1 comment:

Jenn said...

I love Larsen. He really does have a way of making boring subjects ridiculously interesting. Will check this out.