The authors have combined exhaustive research of archival reports and old news accounts with interviews of more than 200 people who experienced major storms first-hand. Much of the book is devoted to these vivid stories, with extensive narratives of the devastating 1962 nor'easter and the great hurricane of 1944. Those who have known the power of the great storms draw us in to a time and place where survival is uncertain. Few living at the shore today have experienced extreme storms, but for those who have as they describe in this book it is a defining moment in their lives.
"One of the best documented compendiums ever published of what it meant to be there." The New York Times
"It is simply one of the best weather books I have ever seen." Richard DeAngelis, Mariners Weather Log, NOAA
"It should be required reading..." Dr. Robert Sheets, Former Director, National Hurricane Center
"It startles, intrigues, challenges the imagination, and commands attention." John T. Cunningham, author and New Jersey Historian
"Evocative and provocative, gritty, beautiful, a rare historical record of some of nature's greatest moments." Senator Bill Bradley, from the Foreword
"Just as the title promises; this is a history of wild weather on the Jersey shore...The authors set the scene in colonial history and then take you with harrowing eyewitness accounts through the famous modern storms of 1944 and 1962." John Mort, Booklist