Killer 'Cane: The Deadly Hurricane of 1928 [NOOK Book]

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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 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 ...
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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461733706
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/23/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 719,484
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Mykle has written for the Cape Cod Times, The Palm Beach Post, and numerous other publications. He lives in Lake Worth, Florida.
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  • Posted September 6, 2009

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    Stunning read

    What an excellent book! I could not put it down. I am a resident of North Palm Beach County and have been through a few huricaines (category 2) and that was terrifying enough for me. I cannot imagine a category 5 and not having the benefit of being forwarned, nor concrete shelters or housing to retreat to. Mr. Mykle's descriptions of the feeder bands, the eye of the storm and the "breathing" of the walls sounded frighteningly familiar. It is indeed a gruesome feeling to hear the roaring outside, having your ears pop with the pressure changes and watch your doors bow in and out, and the storms I have been through are nothing compared to the 1928 storm. What a nightmare.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2006

    Best kept secret in the world

    I was raised in the everglades ,and this brings back vivid memories of my experiences during and after these acts of nature .we some times fled to safter venues and some times rode out these terrifing storms. Once we left and went north , we spent the storm inside a rail froat passenger car ,with locomotives hooked to both ends of the car. Another time we spent the time in a small house with the walls breathing in and out. The author did a great job researching and writting this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2002

    Killer Kane is Killer

    If you like drama, history and human interest, this book is for you. Mykle does a surperb job in crafting characters who will eventually be effected by one of the nations worst storms of the century. We also are treated to a snapshot in the history of the everglades in addition to it's impact on it's diverse inhabitants. Kudos to Killer Kane and Robert Mykle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002

    Good 'Catastrophic' and 'Racial Injustice' reading/movie material

    Killer Cane starts with numerous characters whose lives ultimately cross as suvivors one of the country's worst natural disasters as well as one of its largest historical injustices. As horrific as the hurricane is, it is also a vehicle leading to an equally-horrific cover-up with respect to the numbers who died during the storm due to their race and economic status, reflective of the times. Cross between Rosewood and The Perfect Storm. Excellent first book by Mykle.

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