The Storm of the Century: Tragedy, Heroism, Survival, and the Epic True Story of America’s Deadliest Natural Disaster: The Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900

Exploring the impact of the tragedy on a rising country’s confidence—the trauma of the loss and the determination of the response—Al Roker illuminates the United States’s character at the dawn of the “American Century, ” while also underlining the fact that no matter how mighty they may become, all nations must respect the ferocious potential of our natural environment.

Shattered, grief-stricken survivors emerged to witness a level of destruction never before seen: Eight thousand corpses littered the streets and were buried under the massive wreckage. By dawn the next day, the city that hours earlier had stood as a symbol of America’s growth and expansion was now gone.

In this gripping narrative history, al roker from nbc’s today and the Weather Channel vividly examines the deadliest natural disaster in American history—a haunting and inspiring tale of tragedy, heroism, and resilience that is full of lessons for today’s new age of extreme weather. On the afternoon of september 8, 1900, two-hundred-mile-per-hour winds and fifteen-foot waves slammed into Galveston, the booming port city on Texas’s Gulf Coast.

No race or class was spared its wrath. No other natural disaster has ever matched the havoc caused by the awesome mix of winds, and flooding that devastated Galveston and shocked a young, rain, optimistic nation on the cusp of modernity. Rushing water had lifted buildings from their foundations, while wind gusts had upended steel girders and trestles, smashing them into pieces, driving them through house walls and into sidewalks.

In less than twenty-four hours, a single storm had destroyed a major American metropolis—and awakened a nation to the terrifying power of nature. Blending an unforgettable cast of characters, accessible weather science, and deep historical research into a sweeping and dramatic narrative, The Storm of the Century brings this legendary hurricane and its aftermath into fresh focus.

Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival

Of the more than one hundred-forty members of the two advance parties that reached the West Coast—one crossing the Rockies, the other rounding Cape Horn—nearly half perished by violence. Within one year, the expedition successfully established Fort Astoria, a trading post on the Columbia River. Author and correspondent for outside magazine Peter Stark recreates this pivotal moment in American history for the first time for modern readers, drawing on original source material to tell the amazing true story of the Astor Expedition.

Unfolding over the course of three years, from 1810 to 1813, Astoria is a tale of high adventure and incredible hardship in the wilderness and at sea. Others went mad. Though the colony would be short-lived, it opened provincial American eyes to the potential of the Western coast and its founders helped blaze the Oregon Trail.

In the tradition of the lost city of z and skeletons in the zahara, Astoria is the thrilling, now forgotten, an epic, true-adventure tale of the 1810 Astor Expedition, three-year journey to forge an American empire on the Pacific Coast. Peter stark offers a harrowing saga in which a band of explorers battled nature, starvation, and madness to establish the first American settlement in the Pacific Northwest and opened up what would become the Oregon trail, permanently altering the nation's landscape and its global standing.

Six years after lewis and clark's began their journey to the pacific Northwest, two of the Eastern establishment's leading figures, John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson, turned their sights to founding a colony akin to Jamestown on the West Coast and transforming the nation into a Pacific trading power.


The Other Side of the Night: The Carpathia, the Californian and the Night the Titanic was Lost

A few minutes before midnight on april 14, 1912, on her maiden voyage to New York, the “unsinkable” RMS Titanic, struck an iceberg. While the world has remained fascinated by the tragedy, the most amazing drama of those fateful hours was not played out aboard the doomed liner. Less than three hours later she lay at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

. After years of research, moving from ship to ship on the icy waters of the North Atlantic—in real-time—to recount how hundreds of people could have been rescued, Daniel Allen Butler now tells this incredible story, but in the end only a few outside of the meager lifeboats were saved. Senate investigation in washington, until the truth of what actually happened aboard the Titanic, questioned, and judged, where the actions of each captain are probed, and ultimately the British Board of Trade Inquiry in London, the Carpathia and the Californian is revealed.

Daniel allen butler, is the bestselling author of “unsinkable”: the full story of rms titanic, a maritime and military historian, Distant Victory: The Battle of Jutland and the Allied Triumph in the First World War, and The First Jihad: The Battle for Khartoum and the Dawn of Militant Islam. The masters of the steamships carpathia and californian, Captain Arthur Rostron and Captain Stanley Lord, were informed within minutes of each other that their vessels had picked up the distress signals of a sinking ship.

It took place on the decks of two other ships, one fifty-eight miles distant from the sinking Titanic, the other barely ten miles away. He then looks alike at the U. S.

The Halifax Explosion: Canada's Worst Disaster

Together with the killer tsunami that followed, the explosion devastated the entire city in the wink of an eye and instantly killed more than two thousand people. While much has been written about the disaster, including the investigation of the key figures involved, there is still more to the story, the histories of the ships that collided and the confluence of circumstances that brought these two vessels together to touch off one of the most tragic man-made disasters of the twentieth century.

The halifax explosion is a fresh, revealing account that finally answers questions that have lingered for a century: Was the explosion a disaster triggered by simple human error? Was it caused by the negligence of the ships’ pilots or captains? Was it the result of shortcomings in harbour practices and protocols? Or was the blast—as many people at the time insisted—the result of sabotage carried out by wartime German agents?December 6, 2017, marks the centennial of the great Halifax explosion.

The halifax explosion tells the gripping, incredible courage and, ultimately, as-yet untold story of Canada’s worst disaster—a haunting tale of survival, the triumph of the human spirit. On december 6, 1917, the french munitions ship Mont Blanc and the Norwegian war-relief vessel Imo collided in the harbour at Halifax, Nova Scotia.

That accident sparked a fire and an apocalyptic explosion that was the largest man-made blast prior to the 1945 dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World

Employing scrupulous research and featuring 100 rarely seen photographs, memorable portraits of her most notable passengers: millionaires John Jacob Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim; President Taft's closest aide, Major Archibald Butt; writer Helen Churchill Candee; the artist Frank Millet; movie actress Dorothy Gibson; the celebrated couturiere Lady Duff Gordon; aristocrat Noelle, he accurately depicts the ship’s brief life and tragic denouement and presents compelling, the Countess of Rothes; and a host of other travelers.

In gilded lives, fatal voyage, historian Hugh Brewster seamlessly interweaves personal narratives of the lost liner’s most fascinating people with a haunting account of the fateful maiden crossing. More than ever, we ask ourselves, “What would we have done?”. And with them, we gather on the titanic’s sloping deck on that cold, starlit night and observe their all-too-human reactions as the disaster unfolds.

Through them, culture, we gain insight into the arts, politics, and sexual mores of a world both distant and near to our own. Gilded lives, fatal voyage takes us behind the paneled doors of the Titanic’s elegant private suites to present compelling, memorable portraits of her most notable passengers.

The titanic has often been called "An exquisite microcosm of the Edwardian era, ” but until now, her story has not been presented as such.

Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink

Bishop, executive Director of the International Churchill Society. He reveals how he practiced and re-wrote his key speeches, tears and sweat’ to ‘We shall fight on the beaches’; his consideration of a peace treaty with Nazi Germany, toil, above all, from ‘Blood, and his underappreciated role in the Dunkirk evacuation; and, how 25 days helped make one man an icon.

Using new archive material, McCarten reveals the crucial behind-the-scenes moments that changed the course of history. From the acclaimed novelist and screenwriter of the Theory of Everything comes a revelatory look at the period immediately following Winston Churchill’s ascendancy to Prime Minister—soon to be a major motion picture starring Gary Oldman.

He was speaking to the nation, the world, and indeed to history. May, 1940 It’s a scarier—and more human—story than has ever been told. Mccarten's pulse-pounding narrative transports the reader to those springtime weeks in 1940 when the fate of the world rested on the shoulders of Winston Churchill. A true story thrillingly told.

The horrors of blitzkrieg have seen one western European democracy after another fall in rapid succession to Nazi boot and shell. Britain is at war.

The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Toward the end of 1964, the verrazano narrows Bridge-linking the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island with New Jersey-was completed. Now in a new, beautifully packaged edition featuring dozens of breathtaking photos and architectural drawings, The Bridge remains both a riveting narrative of politics and courage and a demonstration of Talese's consummate skills as a reporter and storyteller.

Gay talese, and soon after the opening of this marvel of human ingenuity and engineering, then early in his career at the New York Times, closely followed the construction, he chronicled the human drama of its completion-from the construction workers high on the beams to the backroom dealing that displaced whole neighborhoods to make way for the bridge.

At 13, 700 feet more than two and a half miles, it is still the longest suspension bridge in the United States and the sixth longest in the world. His memorable narrative will help celebrate the bridge's fiftieth anniversary and captivate a new generation of readers. Fifty years later, it remains an engineering marvel.


Bringing Columbia Home: The Untold Story of a Lost Space Shuttle and Her Crew

In the aftermath of tragedy, people and communities came together to help bring home the remains of the crew and nearly 40 percent of shuttle, an effort that was instrumental in piecing together what happened so the shuttle program could return to flight and complete the International Space Station. Bringing columbia home shares the deeply personal stories that emerged as NASA employees looked for lost colleagues and searchers overcame immense physical, logistical, and emotional challenges and worked together to accomplish the impossible.

Featuring a foreword and epilogue by astronauts robert crippen and Eileen Collins, and dedicated to the astronauts and recovery search persons who lost their lives, this is an incredible, compelling narrative about the best of humanity in the darkest of times and about how a failure at the pinnacle of human achievement became a story of cooperation and hope.

Assisted by hundreds of volunteers, it would become the largest ground search operation in US history. Kennedy space center was a key leader in the search and recovery effort as nasa, the US Forest Service, and dozens more federal, the FBI, state, FEMA, and local agencies combed an area of rural east Texas the size of Rhode Island for every piece of the shuttle and her crew they could find.

Author mike leinbach, launch Director of the space shuttle program at NASA’s John F. Timed to release for the 15th anniversary of the Columbia space shuttle disaster, this is the epic true story of one of the most dramatic, unforgettable adventures of our time. On february 1, columbia disintegrated on reentry before the nation’s eyes, 2003, and all seven astronauts aboard were lost.

This comprehensive account is told in four parts: parallel confusion Courage, Compassion, and Commitment Picking Up the Pieces A Bittersweet VictoryFor the first time, here is the definitive inside story of the Columbia disaster and recovery and the inspiring message it ultimately holds.

Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors

It wasn’t a fair fight, but the men of the Houston would wage it to the death. Hornfischer's Neptune's Inferno. Here is the gritty, sabotage, unvarnished story of the infamous burma–Thailand Death Railway glamorized by Hollywood, but which in reality mercilessly reduced men to little more than animals, ingenuity, who fought back against their dehumanization with dignity, will–power—and the undying faith that their country would prevail.

Renowned as fdr’s favorite warship, the cruiser USS Houston was a prize target trapped in the far Pacific after Pearl Harbor. For more than three years their fate would be a mystery to families waiting at home. New york times bestsellerbonus: This edition contains an excerpt from James D. Naval legend. In the brutal privation of jungle pow camps dubiously immortalized in such films as The Bridge on the River Kwai, disease, the war continued for the men of the Houston—a life-and-death struggle to survive forced labor, starvation, and psychological torture.

Hornfischer brings to life the awesome terror of nighttime naval battles that turned decks into strobe-lit slaughterhouses, the deadly rain of fire from Japanese bombers, and the almost superhuman effort of the crew as they miraculously escaped disaster again and again–until their luck ran out during a daring action in Sunda Strait.

Using journals and letters, including testimony from postwar japanese war crimes tribunals, and the eyewitness accounts of Houston’s survivors, James Hornfischer has crafted an account of human valor so riveting and awe-inspiring, rare historical documents, it’s easy to forget that every single word is true.

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The Gilded Age

His exponents include U. S. And when jay gould, sent his card to one of the Rothschilds, of Black Friday fame, it was returned with the comment, "Europe is not for sale. It was this climate of mid- and late-nineteenth-century excess that fostered the most rapid period of growth in the history of the United States, replacing the unyielding Puritanism of Cotton Mather with the flexible creed of Henry Ward Beecher.

Rugoff's spirited and immensely beguiling book takes a joyful bite out of the nineteenth century. The new york times"king of the lobbyists" Sam Ward was best known for his talent for throwing parties - courtesy of the U. S. And alva vanderbilt squandered tens of thousands on one evening to crack the closed social circle of the Mrs.

Treasury. National book award nominee milton rugoff gives his uniquely revealing view of the Gilded Age in this collective biography of Americans from 1850 to 1890 Writing on the political spoilsmen, parvenus, money kings, sexual transgressors, forty-niners, lords of the press, and women's rights leaders, Rugoff focuses on thirty-six men and women from almost every walk of life.

Astor. Grant, brigham young's rebellious nineteenth wife anna eliza young, jim fisk, and to critique american society, first female surgeon Bethenia Owens-Adair, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Cornelius Vanderbilt, free-love advocate Victoria Woodhull, Gold Rush pioneer Sarah Royce, black visionary Sojourner Truth, Boston Brahmin Charles Eliot Norton, John Charles Frémont, Horatio Alger, Walt Whitman.

In examining the gilded age, milton rugoff offers fresh glimpses into the lives of the celebrities of the era, as well as some lesser-known Americans, while at the same time revealing the roots of problems that still plague us today.

The Bowery: The Strange History of New York's Oldest Street

Yet there were times when it showed its best as well. The bowery is new york’s oldest street and Manhattan’s broadest boulevard. It was the street your mother warned you about—even if you lived in San Francisco. Like the city itself, it has continually reinvented itself over the centuries. A young P. T. Barnum got his start there, and Harry Houdini learned showmanship playing the music halls and dime museums.

. Its colorful cast of characters includes Peter Stuyvesant, Steve Brodie, Stephen Foster, Carry Nation, Stephen Crane, and even Abraham Lincoln. The bowery: the strange history of new york’s Oldest Street traces the full story of this once notorious thoroughfare from its pre-colonial origins to the present day.

Long associated with skid row, saloons, and vice, violence, freak shows, the Bowery often showed the worst New York City had to offer. A brighter side to the street was reflected in places of amusement and culture over the years. Named for the dutch farms, of the area, or bouweries, the path’s lurid character was established early when it became the site of New Amsterdam’s first murder.

From peglegged peter stuyvesant to CBGB’s, the story of the Bowery reflects the history of the city that grew up around it. A natural spring near the five points neighborhood led to breweries and taverns that became home to the gangs of New York—the “Bowery B’hoys, ” “Plug Uglies, ” and “Dead Rabbits.

In the gaslight era, teenaged streetwalkers swallowed poison in McGurk’s Suicide Hall.