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Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson
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Jun 28, 2008

really liked it
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Read in June, 2008

Isaac’s Storm has some great descriptions of what it feels like to be caught in a hurricane. The story pulls you in and keeps you turning those pages. Erik Larson included excellent maps that help you easily plot the course of the hurricane but no pictures. He describes a number of photos but must have either thought them unimportant or been unable to get the rights to them. If this book is ever reprinted, including photos would be a plus.

For a book with so much real death, the author jarringly threw around phrases like “a twentieth–century audience would have shot Isaac dead” when describing a boring math filled lecture and “She did not kill him, but it is likely the thought crossed her mind” when describing the anger of a woman whose husband had not come home promptly as flood waters approached their house.
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