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Twenty dramatic true stories are retold in this well-researched collection, including:
>The deadly quarter-mile-wide tornado that roared through the town of Goliad in 1902, killing 114 people, injuring 230, and demolishing 150 structures.
>A 1937 natural gas explosion at a school in New London, which blew the whole building into the air and killed 298 students and teachers.
>A 15-foot wall of water that in 1965 swept down the canyon in the West Texas railroad town of Sanderson, killing whole families but uniting the racially divided town in rescue efforts.
>The 1947 explosion of the SS Grandcamp, a French vessel docked in Texas City and laden with ammonium nitrate, which had caught fire and later ignited another ship carrying the same cargo. The two blasts killed 576 people, injured thousands more, and jarred residents of Houston 40 miles to the north.
Posted April 4, 2007
They say reporters write the first draft of history. Mike Cox, a seasoned journalist and public safety spokesperson, offers a lively and intensely human second draft on some of the worst disasters to strike Texas since Spanish colonization. This book is an excellent read for those who prefer to learn about history through the poignant stories of people who lived it, instead of through wordy, academic analysis. Cox¿s descriptions put you at the scene, often through the recollections of witnesses and survivors. The featured stories bring to life twenty famous Texas disasters. In many cases, their lessons led to new inventions and protocols that help keep us safer today. The appendix, meanwhile, offers an exhaustive reference list of tornados, hurricanes, steamboat explosions and other calamities to strike the Lone Star State. Hailing from Lamar County, I had to skip ahead and read about the 1916 Paris fire!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 19, 2007
Thoroughly researched, meticulously reported and concisely written, this book is well-worth reading. I would say that it is a joy to read except for the fact that we normally don¿t include the words ¿joy¿ and ¿disaster¿ in the same sentence. As the title suggests, this book chronicles a dozen-plus disasters that have taken place in Texas over the decades, many of them weather-related. By one measure, this book is a march through history, beginning with the loss of a three ships of a Spanish fleet laden with gold and silver off the coast of what is now Texas in 1554. Many of the incidents described here are somewhat obscure ¿ through certainly not lacking in drama or human tragedy. Others are more well-known, including the Galveston hurricane of 1900, which today remains the greatest single disaster in American history measured in terms of human lives lost. Many of the incidents are relegated to the history books, but others, such as the crash of jumbo jet Delta flight 191 at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport in 1985 will be remembered by many readers. ¿Texas Disasters¿ will never rival ¿The Da Vinci Code¿ on the sales charts. But many readers will find it equally gripping. You don¿t have to be a Texas history buff to enjoy this book. All you have to do is hold in interest in ¿True Stories of Tragedy and Survival.¿ That¿s the book¿s subtitle. But if you are a Texas history buff this book is one that you not only should read, you should buy it and put it on your bookshelf as part of your personal library.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 29, 2006
Captivating! After spending nearly 10 years in Texas emergency management, I mistakenly thought I had heard all the stories. Mike Cox has brought to light dramatic, real-life events that should hold the attention of anyone who knows that truth is more fascinating than fiction.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2010
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