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All Hell Broke Loose: Experiences of Young People During the Armistice Day 1940 Blizzard based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
It's not "well-written", in that it's not presented as a cohesive "story". It's a segmented collection of the personal memories of regular individuals who were asked to recount, after many years, their experiences of this storm. The stories were published fairly verbatim, so there isn't much (if any) extrapolation. But it's a fascinating historical accounting; sometimes uplifting, sometimes sobering, sometimes dull and sometimes outright funny. This book is a treasure for anyone who values regional, recent history. (Personally, I enjoy re-reading it yearly as practical reminder of how we lived (or died) just a few scant years ago before the advent and advantage of Doppler Radar and the omni-prescient Weather Channel). My two cents.
If you're over 50 years old and grew up in Minnesota, you heard about the "Armistice Day Blizzard" from your parents. It was one of those "significant emotional events"--not unlike the Kennedy assassination--that defined that generation. William H. Hull recorded the experiences of those who survived, and stories of those who did not. Not only is his account a record of these oral histories, but it documents how differently people lived in 1940--many without conveniences (electricity, running water) we take for granted. If you're interested in Minnesota history or weather, this book is not to be missed. Mr. Hull has done a great service by documenting these accounts before they were lost to history.