Hemingway's Hurricane

Hemingway's Hurricane

by Phil Scott


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ISBN-13: 9780071479103
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 08/28/2006
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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



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Hemingway's Hurricane 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
keywestnan on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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.
Whiskey3pa on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.