Killer 'Cane: The Deadly Hurricane of 1928

Killer 'Cane: The Deadly Hurricane of 1928

by Robert Mykle
     
 

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Killer 'Cane takes place in the Florida Everglades, which was still a newly settled frontier in the 1920s. On the night of September 16, 1928, a hurricane swung up from Puerto Rico and collided, quite unexpectedly, with Palm Beach. The powerful winds from the storm burst a dike and sent a twenty-foot wall of water through three towns, killing over two thousand

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Overview

Killer 'Cane takes place in the Florida Everglades, which was still a newly settled frontier in the 1920s. On the night of September 16, 1928, a hurricane swung up from Puerto Rico and collided, quite unexpectedly, with Palm Beach. The powerful winds from the storm burst a dike and sent a twenty-foot wall of water through three towns, killing over two thousand people, a third of the area's population. Robert Mykle shows how the residents of the Everglades had believed prematurely that they had tamed nature, how racial attitudes at the time compounded the disaster, and how in the aftermath the cleanup of rapidly decaying corpses was such a horrifying task that some workers went mad. Killer 'Cane is a vivid description of America's second-greatest natural disaster, coming between the financial disasters of the Florida real-estate bust and the onset of the Great Depression.

Editorial Reviews

Orlando Sentinel
The true stories Robert Mykle tells in Killer 'Cane: The Deadly Hurricane of 1928 paint a picture of nature's terrible immensity that's the stuff of nightmares.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
This is a solidly researched, engagingly written snapshot of Florida.
News-Sun
Mykle's research provided a window into a disappearing breed of pioneers, who remembered the violent storms and the in-between years when a hardscrabble lifestyle was the norm.
— Sharon Jones
News Chief
This is a superbly written book.
— Velma Daniels
The New Republic
Mykle does a nice job of portraying Everglades frontier life: the moonshine, the politics, the path of development.
— Michael Grunwald
Palm Beach Post
Mykle tells this saga of epic destruction with short episodes that gradually grow together, like cross-cutting scenes in a movie. The approach, and the book, both work well. Florida history is the better for Mykle's book.
Chicago Tribune
Mykle sifted through Florida history—geographic, economic, meteorological and cultural—and quotes from several dozen interviews to tell his story, zeroing in on many of the individuals who affected and were affected by this mind-boggling piece of windy and wet American history. "'I think about it every day,'" survivor Vernie Boots told Mykle. Though this killer hurricane struck nearly 74 years ago, if you read this fast-paced book, you'll have a hard time forgetting it too.
News-Sun - Sharon Jones
Mykle's research provided a window into a disappearing breed of pioneers, who remembered the violent storms and the in-between years when a hardscrabble lifestyle was the norm.
News Chief - Velma Daniels
This is a superbly written book.
The New Republic - Michael Grunwald
Mykle does a nice job of portraying Everglades frontier life: the moonshine, the politics, the path of development.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815412076
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Edition description:
1ST COOPER
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Mykle has written for the Cape Cod Times, The Palm Beach Post, and numerous other publications. He lives in Florida.

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