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One of the most fascinating, and terrifying storms was the Galveston Hurricane of 1900.  It was what would be called today an “extreme storm”, most definitely the storm of the century with a loss of life of officially 8,000 people.  A book that tells the story of how this tragedy unfolded, and how man’s arrogance contributed greatly to this tragedy is Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson.  Subtitled, “A Man, A Time and the Deadliest Hurricane in History”, this book reads like a novel more than an actual history.  The newly formed U.S. Weather Bureau disregarded vital information, and let political issues interfere with science and real time information, resulting in a community being nearly erased from the earth without warning.  Interesting footnote for us in Miami, the most highly regarded hurricane forecasters/meteorologists in the world at that time were the Cubans.  The information they were providing to the Weather Bureau was ignored, and proved to be deadly accurate.

I highly recommend this book, even though I first read this nearly ten years ago, it has timeless lessons, and is edge-of-your-seat exciting.

“I was hiding in Honduras
 I took a little hit
 Send lawyers, guns and money
 Dad, get me out of this”    -Lawyers, Guns, and Money- Warren Zevon

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