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Hurricane Force: In the Path of America's Deadliest Storms (New York Times)

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August 29, 2005
Peering through the latticed brickwork of The New Orleans police headquarters parking garage, New York Times journalist Joseph B. Treaster is watching the devastating power of a hurricane up close. Packing winds of 118 miles per hour, Hurricane Katrina is attacking New Orleans, uprooting trees, tearing down power lines, and flattening homes. Inside headquart
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 18th 2007 by Kingfisher
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May 08, 2014 Logan added it
Hurricane Force is a non fiction book, by Joseph Treaster, that talks about all about the strong and deadly forces, produced by a hurricane. The book does not have a storyline because it talks about all of the different hurricanes from the 20th century, to the 21st century. The story starts out with the deadly Hurricane Katrina. It starts there because that hurricane costed 135 billion dollars in damage, 1,833 lives were lost, and it was recorded down in history as the second strongest hurricane ...more
As a reporter, Treaster's job required him to head not away from Hurricane Katrina, but right into the heart of it. After the storm, he was asked to turn his experiences into a book, which he has done. The result is a quite readable book about Hurricane Katrina and the science and tracking of hurricanes in general.

He starts with a brief look at the history of hurricanes and the human reactions to them. He follows that up by talking about some of his own experiences with hurricanes and the horri
Vinnie Marseco
This book was rather interesting and really struck home since I have been a Florida resident for twenty-two years. Hurricanes are rather frequent (except for these past few years there has not been many) in Florida, and this book really gives you a better understanding of how powerful and underestimated hurricanes really are. This book contains many examples of different hurricanes that have made landfall since the 1940's and shows how technology has made tracking, preparing, and understanding h ...more
Coral Bachen
This is a great little book packed with facts about hurricanes, ranging from precautions to take, aftermath, and the storms themselves. The pictures are familiar, since, as a student in Florida, I have learned a lot about hurricanes. The information about Hurricane Katrina is intriguing as well--I can't believe how long ago it hit. For people who aren't so keen on hurricanes, Hurricane Force does a fantastic job of showing just how deadly these storms are. I would suggest this book for schools f ...more
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I've never had to live through a hurricane. Living in the Midwest, I don't see it happening in the near future, and after reading HURRICANE FORCE I can say that I'm glad! If you've ever wondered about the destructive force of these massive storms, this is definitely the book for you.

Although a large portion of the book focuses on the August 2005 arrival of Hurricane Katrina to the Gulf Coast, references are also made to hurricanes dating as far back as the ear
Anthony Fisher
chaoter 1 in the year 2005 a horrible strom name hurricane katrina the worst strom that ever hit, New Orleans. caused 135 billion dollars damhge.
2. the wind blew right arould 100 miles per hour.
3. 1800 people would be dead from the strom and flooding.

chapter 2 The Storm Factory
1. In late Aigust 2005, Kerry Emanel, a scientist who has spent decades studying hoe hurricanes reach their peak strengh had.
2. American hurricane history a storm that hit Galveston, Texas in 1900.
3. In 1969 hurricane
I liked hurricane force it was packed with details about how too stay safe or what to do in a hurricane and specific memories for people that were in hurricanes. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to learn. I learned so many things such as where a hurricane forms and what the conditions need to be like for a hurricane to start. The water has to be 80*f or higher for a hurricane to form. I also learned words like complacency which means a safe feeling.
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I didn't like the book that much because it got kind of boring and just told about his experiences in hurricanes mostly but besides that it had good facts about tropical cyclones and hurricanes. The book all around though wasn't that good because it should of had more facts and diagrams than stories and pictures.
Eagle Watcher
This book was about the worst hurricanes to hit the US. It also gave info on what people did during the hurricane.
Interesting and informative look at hurricanes, especially Katrina.
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Joseph B. Treaster has been a reporter for The New York Times for more than thirty years. When Hurricane Katrina reached New Orleans, he was one of only a handful of journalists inside the city. He has won numerous awards for his international journalism and is also the author of a book for adults. Treaster lives in New York City.
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