A Weekend in September

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The hurricane that swept Galveston Island early in September, 1900, occupies a unique place in the reckoning of events of the Texas Gulf coast. Nearly a century after its passing, the storm remains the standard against which the ferocity and destructiveness of all others are measured. Twothirds of Galveston's buildings were washed away at a cost that was never fully calculated. More than 6,000 people were killed. And in the collective memory of a region where depredations by wind and water are accepted as part of life, the weekend of September 8, 1900, is the ultimate example of the terror and violence a hurricane can bring.

John Edward Weems's account of the Galveston hurricane was written more than two decades ago, when many of the survivors were still living and available for interviews. This book is based on numerous conversations and correspondence with these survivors as well as a careful examination of contemporary documents and news reports. In direct, economical prose Weems recreates that fateful weekend as experienced by those who actually were there. The result is a narrative that develops a pace and force as irresistible as the hurricane that inspired it, and a work that is a model of historical reportage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890963906
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 942,663
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

John Edward Weems, a freelance writer living in Waco, has published several books on Texas and American history, including To Conquer a Peace: The War Between the United States and Mexico, published by Texas A&M University Press
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    I thought this book was excellently written. Following the timel

    I thought this book was excellently written. Following the timeline, it really draws you in and compels you for the survival of everyone you read about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2008

    Accurate information that pulls you in

    I read this book for my Texas History class and I couldn't put it down. The whole time I was reading, I was drawn in to each family and their lives on Galveston Island. It made me feel like I was living back in 1900. In my honest opinion, this book is accurate and detailed. Highly Recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2003

    My Family Members Are Mentioned In This Book

    My great grandfather was a professional fisherman and he is written about in this book because he helped to save some boys who were being carried out to sea. His name was Simpson. My mother still has the news articles and other memorabilia surrounding my great grandfather's experience with this storm. Some may find it interesting to know that when my great grandfather Simpson was interviewed for this book, my mother says that she sat on the front porch as a child to hear him tell his story to the author and that everyone in the family was amazed because they had never seen a tape recorder before. This is really a good, strong, accurate account of the storm for anyone who is interested in the facts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2002

    Good iformation

    This is a good book for information, but just abouyt nothing else. It has a ton of information, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2001

    A great book if you are interested in the topic

    I read this book several years ago, when I was in 7th or 8th grade, after it was given to my mother as a present. Once I got into it I could not put it down. I enjoyed the fact that the entire book was not about the storm, it told about the city before and after. I would recoment it to anyone who is intersested in Texas history or hurricanes, but if you are not it might not be a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2000

    Classic history of the great storm

    This book was written while some survivors were still alive, and Weems interviewed them. In addition, his research was thorough and good. All of this adds up to a suspenseful, well written story, that is all the more scary because it is true. He resisted the temptation to use any but original sources, which makes it all the more honest. Resists sensationalism, but leaves you with a feeling of awe and fear, with regard to hurricanes. And great respect and admiration for the people who survived Galveston's worst storm.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    Best Book Ever


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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 1999

    More Than High Seas and Wind

    I received this book as a Christmas gift, and I figured it would just be another installment of the 'Big One' ...before I read it. Was I ever surprised. The book is as much about a time in history -- weather bureau politics, early meteorology, and society -- as it is about the Great Storm. It's skillfully written to give you the feeling of living in 1900 and enduring a night of terror that occurred quite by surprise. This is not heavy reading, nor is it another collection of 'historical markers.' The characters have personalities that are brought to life in a coherent dialogue. I kept thinking as I read that this would make a fantastic movie.

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