Bonar Menninger is a native of Topeka, Kansas. He is the author of Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK, published by St. Martin's Press in 1992. Menninger earned a degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. He has worked for a range of publications, both on staff and as a freelancer, since 1984. He's done investigative reporting for the Kansas City Business Journal and Washington Business Journal and also has covered general business and healthcare for numerous online and print publications. Menninger lives in Kansas City with his wife and daughter.
And Hell Followed with It: Life and Death in a Kansas Tornadoby Bonar Menninger
Colossal trees snap like matchsticks. A gigantic orange fireball explodes in the funnel's black core. Horses are sucked up and spit out alive by 200-mile-per-hour winds. These were just a few of the scenes that unfolded on June 8, 1966, when a massive EF-5 tornado cut a 22-mile swath across eastern Kansas and straight through Topeka�Kansas's capital city. When it was over, 16 people were dead, more than 500 were injured, and property damage had reached $100 million, making the tornado the most destructive in U.S. history up to that time.
That fateful day comes back to life in And Hell Followed With It: Life and Death in a Kansas Tornado. Author Bonar Menninger has interviewed dozens of survivors to construct a tightly woven narrative that conveys in gut-wrenching detail what it's like when nature careens out of control and ordinary people face extraordinary, life-threatening situations. The book features dozens of remarkable photographs, as well as a series of engaging, hand-drawn maps that place readers alongside individuals in the book as the tornado approaches.
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I picked this book knowing what had happened in June of "66 as my mother and her family were surivors of the storm, but the way the book was written made me almost imagine that I had been there. While some authors might have gotten bogged down into the little details of storm forecasting, the author kept it readable. Great book, informed and well thought out and phrased.
Bonar Menningers' account of the Topeka tornado of 1966 makes for an engaging read. Carefully balancing scientific facts, survivor narrative and chronological novelization of the days' events gives the reader the feel of being there not unlike the thematic film works of Ken Burns. A must read account for those wishing to understand both the science as well as the human factor in regard to such devastating acts of nature.