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Death Rides the Sky: The Story of the 1925 Tri-State Tornado

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On an ordinary spring day in 1925, folks in the Midwest were going about business usual: attending school, preparing the fields, mining coal, and tending their stores. Little did they know that between 1 and 4:30 p.m. on March 18, their lives would be changed forever in an event that defined the weather in the central U.S. From the hills of the southeastern Ozarks to the plains of the Hoosier heartland and across the developing communities of southern Illinois, the Tri-State Tornado destroyed cities, devoured ...
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Overview

On an ordinary spring day in 1925, folks in the Midwest were going about business usual: attending school, preparing the fields, mining coal, and tending their stores. Little did they know that between 1 and 4:30 p.m. on March 18, their lives would be changed forever in an event that defined the weather in the central U.S. From the hills of the southeastern Ozarks to the plains of the Hoosier heartland and across the developing communities of southern Illinois, the Tri-State Tornado destroyed cities, devoured whole farms, and set the record for the most deaths, injuries, and monetary damage, a record which remains standing to this day.

This is the story as told directly by nearly four dozen survivors and eyewitnesses, in the most comprehensive account of the Tri-State Tornado ever to be compiled. Many of the survivors were only children when that killer storm swept down from the sky and carved a path through the lives of thousands of individuals linked by this singular event.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781618760012
  • Publisher: Black Oak Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/12/2011
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Angela Mason spent a quarter-century of her life in the music and performance fields as a vocalist, musician, actress and on-air radio personality while living in Illinois, Indiana, the Gulf Coast, Eastern Seaboard states and even Germany. But the love of writing and of history prevailed and she has been published with or working for various newspapers, magazines and journals since 1992. “Death Rides the Sky” is her first full novel, and the creation of it helped her get over her fear of tornadoes, which was developed over several years of intense storms sweeping across the woods and fields of Wayne County, Illinois (where there haven’t yet been enough earthquakes to warrant a book and subsequent facing of that fear…yet). She resides in her beloved Southern Illinois with her husband Jack and a passel of spoiled cats, is mom to three beautiful adult kids and grandma to (so far) two of the most amazing granddaughters on earth.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Death Rides is an Excellent Read

    An excellent read for fans of storm stories and old-time America. This book gives color to rural and small town middle American life before World War II and the depression, but what it does best is show how people are able to cope with crushing hardships brought on by unimaginable disaster. Written from first hand interveiws with the actual storm victims, many of whom were very young, each account gives unique perspective on a tornado that has yet to be rivaled on scale and destruction.

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    You must read this book-it actually happened!*****

    As a child,I listened to my southern-Illinois-born, Father,relate his personal experiences of the Tri-State Tornado,and how it forever changed that coal mining/farming area of Illinois-how people from that point on, spoke of events as being"before the tornado", or "after the tornado"...This book is incredibally well-crafted, researched, and spell-binding-wait until you read the final chapter-your jaw will drop in amazement!! Simply riveting-I could'nt put it down-this book would make the ultimate disaster film!!
    James Davenport
    *****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    A "Must Read" for history buffs and storm chasers alike

    Angela Mason has done a fantastic job with this book. Her complete and thourough research has served her well and her mastry of putting together the map of this destruction is spell binding. Anyone who lives or lived in the areas affected (or anyone with an interest in the force and destruction of a great storm such as this) will want to revel in every page. Angela has taken the emotions and memories of these survivors and wrapped them into one spellbinding tale. If you've ever thought about what a tornado can do you'll be amazed at these memories, and amazed at what these incredible survivors went through on that fateful day.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Highly Recommended-The stories will stay with you.

    Angela Mason has done something that is a rarity in writing. Her book reads like a video documentary. I equate Mason's offering with my favorite natural disaster book: The Great Deluge by Douglas Brinkley. This is the highest compliment I can give this book.

    Angela Mason's research for this book was painstaking and time consuming. Anyone who is from the area affected by this storm will understand that last sentence. She traveled to each little hamlet affected by this super cell tornado. Mason even travels through the little towns that no longer exist because the Great Depression finished off what the big storm started. It is a testament to the strength of the people of the heartland that any of the cities affected by this storm survived.

    I could not put the book down which says a lot since I received the book right before Christmas.

    Most of the stories are told through the eyes of children since this book was researched so many years after the great tornado. This makes for stories that tug at your heart with their honesty and simplicity. Many of the stories will stay with me for the rest of my life.

    The survivors and the dead of this disaster deserved for their stories to finally be told. Angela Mason has carefully delivered all of their stories for prosperity. I am from Southern Illinois. I am grateful to Angela Mason for a book that finally tells the tale of the greatest storm not known in our country.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Poorly Written

    I find the subject matter of this book fascinating. The tri-state tornado was one of the worst in the history of the United States. This book is so poorly written, however, that it actually becomes distracting. The grammatical and spelling errors start in the preface and recur throughout the book.

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    Posted February 16, 2012

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