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Texas Disasters: Wind, Flood, and Fire

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Texas Disasters traces major catastrophes in a larger-than-life state with no need for exaggeration. These captivating narratives highlight the human drama in episodes like the Branch-Dividian Holocaust, the Columbia Disaster, the New London School Explosion, the Big Drift, the Waco Tornado, the Destruction of Texas Indians, and the Texas City Explosion.

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Overview

Texas Disasters traces major catastrophes in a larger-than-life state with no need for exaggeration. These captivating narratives highlight the human drama in episodes like the Branch-Dividian Holocaust, the Columbia Disaster, the New London School Explosion, the Big Drift, the Waco Tornado, the Destruction of Texas Indians, and the Texas City Explosion.

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Editorial Reviews

Valley Morning Star
Sizer's disaster tales are good examples of creative non-fiction, making the past come alive with moment-by-moment first person re-creations...she knows how to draw readers into a story...
— Eileen Mattei
Texas Morning News
Ms. Sizer always brings home toll in human suffering... In the midst of each disaster, Ms. Sizer emphasizes the hope and heroism that emerged.
— Judy Atler
Austin American Statesman
The only Texas disaster book published since 2000 is Mona D. Sizer's "Texas Disasters: Wind, Flood, and Fire.
— Mike Cox
Texas Images Of Harlingen
...[Mona Sizer] now reigns as the Queen of Texas Pop History...
Valley Morning Star - Eileen Mattei
Sizer's disaster tales are good examples of creative non-fiction, making the past come alive with moment-by-moment first person re-creations...she knows how to draw readers into a story...
Texas Morning News - Judy Atler
Ms. Sizer always brings home toll in human suffering... In the midst of each disaster, Ms. Sizer emphasizes the hope and heroism that emerged.
Austin American Statesman - Mike Cox
"The only Texas disaster book published since 2000 is Mona D. Sizer's "Texas Disasters: Wind, Flood, and Fire."
Texas Civil Engineer - Melinda Luna PE
"Sizers book is a good read for anyone who is involved in emergency management or government, for anyone who is interested in Texas history or any of the particular disasters covered in this book, or for anyone who just likes to read. This book is well worth the time to read its 190 pages."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589791718
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/15/2005
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 5.88 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Mona Sizer has published over twenty books in addition to five for Republic of Texas Press including The King Ranch Story, now in its third printing. Her work has been translated into several languages, three screenplays, and numerous articles, short works of fiction, and poetry. Her most recent book is Texas Bandits: Real to Reel.
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Table of Contents

In the midst of life
Why we sing
1 Heading : home 1
2 Comanche sunset : the plagues of 1849 23
3 Like a house of cards 41
4 The dusty war 59
5 Holocaust at Waco 75
6 While they slept 99
7 Sky-high in Texas City 119
8 A hideous darkness 139
9 The richest little school district in the world 157
10 The death of the river 175
Readings about Texas disasters 193
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