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  Cover Art: Rising Tide: the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America Barry, John M.
Rising Tide: the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America
An account of the 1927 Mississippi River flood explores one of the greatest national disasters the United States has ever experienced and its consequences in a comprehensive volume that clearly shows how the flood changed the course of history.
1997
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Brinkley, Douglas
The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast
An eye-opening, deeply personal account of hurricane Katrina and the devastation it left in New Orleans and across the Gulf Coast documents the events and repercussions of the tragedy and its aftermath, the historical roots of the terrible storm, and the ongoing crisis confronting the region.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894 Brown, Daniel
Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894
Describes the devastating events of September 1894, when two forest fires converged on the town of Hinckley, Minnesota, and surrounding communities, trapping more than two thousand people when it engulfed the region, offering a dramatic re-creation of the catastrophe, which cost more than four hundred lives.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: No Apparent Danger: The True Story of Volcanic Disaster at Galeras and Nevado Del Ruiz Bruce, Victoria
No Apparent Danger: The True Story of Volcanic Disaster at Galeras and Nevado Del Ruiz
The riveting true tale of rescue in the face of extreme natural disaster follows two geologists into the hot crater of a Columbian volcano to save several colleagues trapped by an eruption.
2001
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Great Hurricane: 1938 Burns, Cherie
The Great Hurricane: 1938
The author introduces readers to one of the worst natural disasters in the nation's history--the 1938 Hurricane that struck the coast of New England at 186 miles per hour causing devastation throughout the region--and the personal stories of survivors of the catastrophe.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 Drye, Willie
Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935
A gripping chronicle of the most powerful hurricane to ever hit the United States and its devastating aftermath details the fiercest storm of September 1935 from the perspectives of survivors of the storm, Federal Emergency Relief Administration employees, and government officials.
2002
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster Dyson, Michael Eric
Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster
Discusses how the federal government's failed relief efforts in New Orleans were dictated by issues of race and class, compounded by a lack of leadership and the manipulations of large business interests willing to profit from the disaster.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Big Burn : Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America Egan, Timothy
The Big Burn : Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America
On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno that jumped from treetop to ridge as it raged, destroying towns and timber in an eyeblink.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl Egan, Timothy
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Presents an oral history of the dust storms that devastated the Great Plains during the Depression, following several families and their communities in their struggle to persevere despite the devastation.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: When the Mississippi Ran Backwards : Empire Intrigue Murder and the New Madrid Earthquakes Feldman, Jay
When the Mississippi Ran Backwards : Empire Intrigue Murder and the New Madrid Earthquakes
On December 15, 1811, two of Thomas Jefferson's nephews murdered a slave in cold blood and put his body parts into a roaring fire. The evidence would have been destroyed but for a rare act of God -- or, as some believed, of the Indian chief Tecumseh. That same day, the Mississippi River's first steamboat, piloted by Nicholas Roosevelt, powered itself toward New Orleans on its maiden voyage. The sky grew hazy and red, and jolts of electricity flashed in the air. A prophecy by Tecumseh was about to be fulfilled. He had warned reluctant warrior-tribes that he would stamp his feet and bring down their houses. Sure enough, between December 16, 1811, and late April 1812, a catastrophic series of earthquakes shook the Mississippi River Valley. Of the more than 2,000 tremors that rumbled across the land during this time, three would have measured nearly or greater than 8.0 on the not-yet-devised Richter Scale. Centered in what is now the bootheel region of Missouri, the New Madrid earthquakes were felt as far away as Canada; New York; New Orleans; Washington, D.C.; and the western part of the Missouri River. A million and a half square miles were affected as the earth's surface remained in a state of constant motion for nearly four months. Towns were destroyed, an eighteen-mile-long by five-mile-wide lake was created, and even the Mississippi River temporarily ran backwards. The quakes uncovered Jefferson's nephews' cruelty and changed the course of the War of 1812 as well as the future of the new republic
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Gathering Wind : Hurricane Sandy the Sailing Ship Bounty and a Courageous Rescue at Sea Freeman, Gregory A.
The Gathering Wind : Hurricane Sandy the Sailing Ship Bounty and a Courageous Rescue at Sea
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Firestorm at Peshtigo: A Town, Its People, and the Deadliest Fire in American History Gess, Denise
Firestorm at Peshtigo: A Town, Its People, and the Deadliest Fire in American History
Re-creates the events of the most devastating fire in American history, documenting the conflagration that swept through Peshtigo, Wisconsin, on October 8, 1871--the same night as the Great Chicago Fire--incinerating more than 2,400 square miles of land, obliterating Peshtigo, and killing more than two thousand people.
2002
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: All Hell Broke Loose Hull, William H.
All Hell Broke Loose
Experiences of young people in Minnesota during the 1940 Armistice Day blizzard.
1985
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Hot Time in the Old Town : The Catastrophic Heat Wave That Devastated Gilded Age New York Kohn, Edward P.
Hot Time in the Old Town : The Catastrophic Heat Wave That Devastated Gilded Age New York
One of the worst natural disasters in American history, the 1896 New York heat wave killed almost 1,500 people in ten oppressively hot days. The heat coincided with a pitched presidential contest between William McKinley and the upstart Democrat William Jennings Bryan, who arrived in New York City at the height of the catastrophe.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Wave of Destruction: The Stories of Four Families and History's Deadliest Tsunami Krauss, Erich
Wave of Destruction: The Stories of Four Families and History's Deadliest Tsunami
Four Southeast Asia tsunami survival stories offer insight into the experiences of people who heroically endured devastating odds in their determination to stay alive, recounting their painful losses of families, friends, and homes and their subsequent efforts to rebuild.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The White Cascade : the Great Northern Railway Disaster and America's Deadliest Avalanche Krist, Gary
The White Cascade : the Great Northern Railway Disaster and America's Deadliest Avalanche
In February 1910, a monstrous blizzard hit Washington State. High in the Cascade Mountains near the tiny town of Wellington, two trainloads of cold, hungry passengers and their crews found their railcars buried in rising drifts, parked precariously on the edge of a steep ravine...Suddenly the earth shifted and a colossal avalanche tumbled, sweeping the trains and their sleeping passengers over the steep slope and down the mountainside.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History Larson, Erik
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Provides an in-depth chronicle of America's deadliest hurricane, which struck the city of Galveston, Texas, in 1900 and killed some ten thousand people, drawing on eyewitness accounts of the catastrophe and the writings of one of America's earliest professional weathermen, Isaac Cline.
1999
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Children's Blizzard Laskin, David
The Children's Blizzard
Describes the deadly 1888 snowstorm in the Great Plains that killed more than five hundred people including numerous schoolchildren, describing how the storm devastated immigrant families and dramatically affected pioneer advancement.
2004
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: F5: Devastation Survival and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the Twentieth Century Levine, Mark
F5: Devastation Survival and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the Twentieth Century
Focuses on the Limestone County, Alabama, lives altered and lost in April 1974, when more than one hundred tornadoes--six of them of the most powerful "F5" category of storms--swept across thirteen states, killing and wounding hundreds of people and causing billions of dollars worth of damage.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Johnstown Flood McCullough, David G.
The Johnstown Flood
A graphic account of the collapse of a poorly constructed dam and the resulting flood in 1889 which killed 2,000 people and caused a nationwide scandal.
1987
Adult Nonfiction Book
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