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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    Blizzard review by adb3301

    Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America by Jim Murphy recounts the events leading up to, during and after the historic blizzard of 1888 that violently hit the east coast. This informational chapter book is appropriate for young and old readers. Murphy gives insight as to how people lived to give a better understanding of the impact this historic storm had. He also recounts personal stories of survivors and people that lost their life.
    He explains how this storm changed the way storms are viewed and handled. Many lessons were learned from this event. It created improvements from anti-littering laws to the subway systems just to name a few. You don't have to like history to appreciate this book.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2011

    Great Read For Anyone!

    In March of 1888 there was a devastating blizzard that struck north eastern end of the U.S. Jim Murphy describes the destruction and isolation during the three day long blizzard with first-hand accounts. Murphy brings to life with this book the effects of the storm and hardships people had to overcome. Not only does Murphy depict the adversary that people had to conquer because of the storm but he also conveys the time and age of the U.S. and our ignorance of weather. Murphy also lays the setting with portrayals of the homeless and the difference between how the storm affected the city people and people in the rural areas. The blizzard of 1888 was the reason some ordinances city that we have today were put into place. In "Blizzard" there is an account where horses and people were getting tangled and electrocuted by down and dangling power lines. Now, it is law that all power lines in a city or downtown area must be placed underground, not only to save lives but to keep communications going in case of another destructive storm. "Blizzard" also allows the reader to see how price gouging caused some people to go into starvation and endure freezing temperatures due to the price of food and coal's continuous rise. Murphy is allowed these first-hand accounts with the help from letters of survivors of the blizzard of 1888, as well as newspaper articles, and memoirs from business owners, and very upper-class citizens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2003

    Shocking Story!

    I loved this book!!! When I first saw it, I said to myself, 'Yeah. Sure. This is just going to be one of those boring Non-Fiction books again.' When I read it, I was like, WOW! I just couldn't put it down!

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