Monday, December 31, 2007

Hurricane Force: In the Path of America's Deadliest Storms

HURRICANE FORCE: IN THE PATH OF AMERICA'S DEADLIEST STORMS; Joseph B. Treaster; New York: Kingfisher, 2007; 128 pgs.

In this gripping and informative book, Joseph Treaster shares his own experiences with hurricanes, both as a young man growing up in Florida, and as a reporter for the New York Times. His account of trying to get into New Orleans as everyone else was leaving during Hurricane Katrina, and then trying to find a safe place to ride out the storm, is frightening and suspenseful--great non-fiction reading for middle-graders and up. What sets this book apart from most others in the genre is that it deals less with the science of hurricanes than it does with forecasting and logistics. Katrina, Camille, Andrew, along with the Galveston monster of 1900, the deadliest of all, fill these pages with fascinating stories of disasters suffered and averted.

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