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Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938 Paperback – August 24, 2004
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- Publisher : Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (August 24, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316832111
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316832113
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #172,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Considering how many people in power are ignoring the perils of climate change, I can only wonder when the NEXT deadly hurricane will devastate our eastern shores?
The late R.A. Scotti has given us a very enlightening and fast-paced account of what happened that day, to numerous breakdowns in government forecasting and local news media to what families were forced to improvise to keep themselves, their servants and children out of the maelstrom and fighting for life. She wrote this book vividly and well, with lovely touches like white-capped bay water that was "foamy as ale poured out too fast.” The large cast takes in all kinds of folks threatened by the hurricane (which, in that era, did not yet bear names) -- from actress Katherine Hepburn, who got her first hole-in-one playing golf under the influence of a freshening wind; to affluent summer vacationers ready to return to the Eastern cities, to local farmers and recent immigrants and schoolkids.
On the other hand, I stumbled across a couple of easily correctible mistakes that should never have seen the final edition. There never was a car called the "Cadillac La Salle" -- Cadillac and La Salle were two luxury car lines out of General Motors; La Salle ceased production in 1940 while Cadillac, of course, is still with us. It is likely that the affluent family mentioned owned a La Salle automobile. Also, the author mentions use of nuclear devices to quell hurricanes -- but it never happened. It was a bad idea ca. 1960 when a government program called "Project Plowshares" (use of atomic energy for peace) floated such thinking but fortunately, cooler heads prevailed.
I cannot personally take author Scotti to task (she died in 2010), but bloopers like that -- and you'll see other misstatements of fact unearthed by other reviewers here -- took some of the joy out of this engagingly written account. The author had just as much use of the Internet as I did and getting to the truth of these errors took only a few minutes. Hence four stars, not five.
As for the content, I found the writing cloying (so forced and overly descriptive as to make passages seem wildly embellished as to feelings, smells, colors, etc). Simply stated, Isaac's Storm is a much better written, more gripping hurricane book.