The Storm of the Century

  • by Al Roker, William Hogeland
  • Narrated by Byron Wagner
  • 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this gripping narrative history, the beloved NBC weather personality vividly brings to life the Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900: the deadliest natural disaster in American history.
On the afternoon of September 8, 1900, 200-mile-per-hour winds and 15-foot waves slammed into Galveston, the prosperous and growing port city on Texas' Gulf Coast. By dawn the next day, when the storm had passed, the city that had existed just hours before was gone. Shattered, grief-stricken survivors emerged to witness a level of destruction never before seen: 8,000 corpses littered the streets and were buried under the massive wreckage. Rushing water had lifted buildings from their foundations, smashing them into pieces, while intense winds had upended girders and trestles, driving them through house walls and into sidewalks. In less than 24 hours, one storm destroyed a major American metropolis - and awakened a nation to the terrifying power of nature.
The Storm of the Century brings this legendary disaster and its aftermath into brilliant focus. No other natural disaster has ever matched the havoc caused by the awesome mix of winds, rains, and flooding that devastated this bustling metropolis and shocked a young, optimistic nation on the cusp of modernity. Exploring the impact of the disaster on a rising nation's confidence - the pain and trauma of the loss and the determination of the response - Al Roker illuminates both the energy and the limitations of the American Century, and of nature itself.


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Customer Reviews

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Excellent read

Lots of information about the hurricane of course but also about the National Weather Service development and their role in the story. Newspapers also play a significant role.
Individual stories are intertwined to bring a full picture of this traumatic moment in history.
Well written and read.
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- Paul

Review of "The Storm of the Century "

This was an interesting story of an event that as never been told so vividly. It had a few flaws, in my view, of the reader, that were distracting to me. 1. The reader did not pronounce the towns in Texas, as Texans do. ie San Jacinto, Boliver, Sabine etc. if the book is about Texas he should know how to describe the location. 2. Mr. Wagner spoke in a sort of monotone that almost put me to sleep..not a good thing when you are talking about such a vivid happening. Several times I found myself going back and re listening to whole chapters. 3. Perhaps you should have gotten a Texas native reader. It just didn't seem to fit. The dialect and the subject. Having said that, the story was well written and well researched. I really would recommend it. A lot of information there that was new to me, and a fascinating tale of the awesomeness of nature. I particularly liked Mr. Roker's obvious knowledge of the subject matter.
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- S. Noe "Susanna Noe"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-11-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio