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They were the forgotten members of the Lost Generation, traumatized veterans of the Great War who grasped for one last chance at redemption under Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. Six hundred of them were shuffled off to the Florida Keys to build a highway to Key West. On Labor Day weekend 1935, the most intense hurricane ever to strike the U.S. took aim on their flimsy shacks, and the two men responsible for evacuating the veterans...

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THE FINAL BLOW

They were the forgotten members of the Lost Generation, traumatized veterans of the Great War who grasped for one last chance at redemption under Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. Six hundred of them were shuffled off to the Florida Keys to build a highway to Key West. On Labor Day weekend 1935, the most intense hurricane ever to strike the U.S. took aim on their flimsy shacks, and the two men responsible for evacuating the veterans from harm’s way waited too long.

After the storm, Ernest Hemingway took his boat from his home in Key West to aid the veterans in the Upper Keys but he found few survivors on the wreckage. His public cries of outrage bound him forever to the storm.quotes

“Brilliantly and compellingly captures the events surrounding the 1935 storm, showing how human factors compounded the awful force of sky and sea.”—from the Foreword by John Rennie, Editor in Chief, Scientific American

Hemingway’s Hurricane describes a scenario tragically similar to the one surrounding Hurricane Katrina . . . little preparedness and no timely rescue for victims.”—The Sacramento Bee

“Phil Scott does a favor with this book, reminding [us] that deadly storms aren’t a new event.”—Chicago Tribune

“A timely topic and a compelling read.”—The Indianapolis Star

Phil Scott's books include The Shoulders of Giants, The Pioneers of Flight, and Deadly Things. A writer and journalist specializing in aviation and popular science, he has contributed to Air & Space/Smithsonian, ScientificAmerican, New Scientist, and other magazines. After coming upon a monument erected in the Florida Keys to honor the victims of the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, he knew this was a story he had to tell.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071453325
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/31/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Phil Scott's books include The Shoulders of Giants, The Pioneers of Flight, and Deadly Things. A writer and journalist specializing in aviation and popular science, he has contributed to Air & Space/Smithsonian, Scientific American, New Scientist, and other magazines. After coming upon a monument erected in the Florida Keys to honor the victims of the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, he knew this was a story he had to tell.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by John Rennie

Prologue. Saturday, August 31, 1935

One. Friday, August 30, 1935, Florida Keys

Two. Friday, August 30, 1935, Turks and Caicos Islands

Three. Saturday, August 31, 1935, Florida Keys

Four. Sunday, September 1, 1935, to Midafternoon

Five. Sunday, September 1, 1935, Late Afternoon and Evening

Six. Monday, September 2, 1935, Morning and Early Afternoon

Seven. Monday, September 2, 1935, Afternoon

Eight. Monday, September 2, 1935, Evening and Night

Nine. Tuesday, September 3, 1935

Ten. Wednesday, September 4, 1935

Eleven. Wednesday, September 4, 1935, and After

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2006

    An Islamorada View

    I felt the waves crash, the wind blister my skin and the fear they must have experienced as I read Phil Scott's account the 1935 hurricane. Having lived less than one half mile from the Hurricane Monument for the past 18 years and call many of the local survivors and their descendants friends, I have heard the 'stories' time and time again. And like a child listening to her favorite bedtime story, I could never get enough. Mr. Scott brought out the government's side of the story more than any local 'conch.' The story is quite unbelievable, hence the desire for more. For those who visit our lovely island in the future, remember to take a moment and stop at the Hurricane Monument.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2006

    They paid the ultimate price

    The Great Depression forced many a World War I veteran to undertake the enormous endurance of creating a railroad link from Homestead to the Florida Keys. The hurricane of 1935 brought disaster of biblical magnitude. History is bound to repeat itself as well as natural occurances. For any one who has been in a storm and has lived to tell, this is a must read.For all the rest, I highly recommend, a very fine example of our past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2005

    Hemingway's Hurricane and Katria

    I have read Mr. Scott¿s other books and although I enjoyed them I found ¿Hemingway¿s Hurricane¿ to be a moving story. Mr. Scott describes the historical aspect of what happened to the Keys during the 1935 hurricane but he goes one step further in that he actually introduces the reader to many of the men who lived and died during that hurricane. I caught myself holding my breath and hoping that the men I had met (Frenchy, Capt. Ed and the others) made it through the storm. Of course many of them didn¿t and as I read about the loss of their lives I became aware that this incident was very similar to what happened to the individuals who were in the South when Katrina hit. Due to the lack of government communication¿lives were lost and that is the sad part of this entire story. I have to admit that I had never heard about this hurricane until I read Mr. Scott¿s book and I¿m happy that he chose to share this story with the rest of us. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading about history, the weather, and about mankind in general.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2005

    Should be required reading for FEMA & Homeland Security employees

    A road map of governmental ineptitude and arrogance, creating a tragedy that could have been avoided if those at the scene thought they were allowed to make life saving decisions. Foreshadowing of the bungling of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy A timely work Mr. Scott!!!

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