THE FINAL BLOW
They were the forgotten members of the Lost Generation, traumatized veterans of the Great War who grasped for one last chance at redemption under Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. Six hundred of them were shuffled off to the Florida Keys to build a highway to Key West. On Labor Day weekend 1935, the most intense hurricane ever to strike the U.S. took aim on their flimsy shacks, and the two men responsible for evacuating the veterans from harm’s way waited too long.
After the storm, Ernest Hemingway took his boat from his home in Key West to aid the veterans in the Upper Keys but he found few survivors on the wreckage. His public cries of outrage bound him forever to the storm.quotes
“Brilliantly and compellingly captures the events surrounding the 1935 storm, showing how human factors compounded the awful force of sky and sea.”—from the Foreword by John Rennie, Editor in Chief, Scientific American
“Hemingway’s Hurricane describes a scenario tragically similar to the one surrounding Hurricane Katrina . . . little preparedness and no timely rescue for victims.”—The Sacramento Bee
“Phil Scott does a favor with this book, reminding [us] that deadly storms aren’t a new event.”—Chicago Tribune
“A timely topic and a compelling read.”—The Indianapolis Star
Phil Scott's books include The Shoulders of Giants, The Pioneers of Flight, and Deadly Things. A writer and journalist specializing in aviation and popular science, he has contributed to Air & Space/Smithsonian, ScientificAmerican, New Scientist, and other magazines. After coming upon a monument erected in the Florida Keys to honor the victims of the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, he knew this was a story he had to tell.
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About the Author
Phil Scott's books include The Shoulders of Giants, The Pioneers of Flight, and Deadly Things. A writer and journalist specializing in aviation and popular science, he has contributed to Air & Space/Smithsonian, Scientific American, New Scientist, and other magazines. After coming upon a monument erected in the Florida Keys to honor the victims of the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, he knew this was a story he had to tell.
Table of Contents
Foreword by John Rennie
Prologue. Saturday, August 31, 1935
One. Friday, August 30, 1935, Florida Keys
Two. Friday, August 30, 1935, Turks and Caicos Islands
Three. Saturday, August 31, 1935, Florida Keys
Four. Sunday, September 1, 1935, to Midafternoon
Five. Sunday, September 1, 1935, Late Afternoon and Evening
Six. Monday, September 2, 1935, Morning and Early Afternoon
Seven. Monday, September 2, 1935, Afternoon
Eight. Monday, September 2, 1935, Evening and Night
Nine. Tuesday, September 3, 1935
Ten. Wednesday, September 4, 1935
Eleven. Wednesday, September 4, 1935, and After
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a dramatic tale -- a Category 5 hurricane that hits with very little warning and a rescue train sent too late to help World War I veterans working on a New Deal project in the Keys. Scott's obviously done a lot of good research and has the structure of a good story, but sometimes gets in his own way telling it. And calling it "Hemingway's Hurricane" is a bit of a stretch -- Hemingway was in Key West, 80 miles away, during the storm and didn't feel much of its effects. He did go up to help afterwards and wrote an impassioned piece about it for the left-leaning New Masses. But calling it his storm feels a bit too close to name-dropping.
Good telling of a bad story. Most of the dead were victims because the gov't sent them and left them without support. They were used as photo ops by the FDR administration and their fate buried and whitewashed by the same. Hemingway's outspoken defense of these men is his connection to it all, he was in fact not really affected directly by the storm. A worthwhile read.
I felt the waves crash, the wind blister my skin and the fear they must have experienced as I read Phil Scott's account the 1935 hurricane. Having lived less than one half mile from the Hurricane Monument for the past 18 years and call many of the local survivors and their descendants friends, I have heard the 'stories' time and time again. And like a child listening to her favorite bedtime story, I could never get enough. Mr. Scott brought out the government's side of the story more than any local 'conch.' The story is quite unbelievable, hence the desire for more. For those who visit our lovely island in the future, remember to take a moment and stop at the Hurricane Monument.
The Great Depression forced many a World War I veteran to undertake the enormous endurance of creating a railroad link from Homestead to the Florida Keys. The hurricane of 1935 brought disaster of biblical magnitude. History is bound to repeat itself as well as natural occurances. For any one who has been in a storm and has lived to tell, this is a must read.For all the rest, I highly recommend, a very fine example of our past.
A road map of governmental ineptitude and arrogance, creating a tragedy that could have been avoided if those at the scene thought they were allowed to make life saving decisions. Foreshadowing of the bungling of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy A timely work Mr. Scott!!!
I have read Mr. Scott¿s other books and although I enjoyed them I found ¿Hemingway¿s Hurricane¿ to be a moving story. Mr. Scott describes the historical aspect of what happened to the Keys during the 1935 hurricane but he goes one step further in that he actually introduces the reader to many of the men who lived and died during that hurricane. I caught myself holding my breath and hoping that the men I had met (Frenchy, Capt. Ed and the others) made it through the storm. Of course many of them didn¿t and as I read about the loss of their lives I became aware that this incident was very similar to what happened to the individuals who were in the South when Katrina hit. Due to the lack of government communication¿lives were lost and that is the sad part of this entire story. I have to admit that I had never heard about this hurricane until I read Mr. Scott¿s book and I¿m happy that he chose to share this story with the rest of us. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading about history, the weather, and about mankind in general.