Favorite Disaster Books

A Listmania! list by E. A. Lovitt "starmoth" (Gladwin, MI USA)
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The list author says: "No matter how much or vehemently we may deny it, we have always been fascinated by natural and man-made fatalities and disasters. The unpredictablity of natural disasters serve to drive us out of our normally complacent view of life, and sometimes force us to change our own lives, hopefully for the better. These are my favorite books on this topic."
F5:  Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the 20th Century
1.  F5: Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the 20th Century by Mark Levine
The list author says:
  "Riveting, atmospheric narrative of the 1974 tornado outbreak, one of the worst in U.S. history.  Here's what it is like to actually be swept up into the deadly embrace of an F4 or F5 tornado."
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Island in a Storm: A Rising Sea, a Vanishing Coast, and a Nineteenth-Century Disaster that Warns of a Warmer World
2.  Island in a Storm: A Rising Sea, a Vanishing Coast, and a Nineteenth-Century Disaster that Warns of a Warmer World by Abby Sallenger
The list author says:
  "The sense of impending doom was so vivid that I had to stop reading this book before bedtime because it wouldnít let me sleep.  The details of the survivorsí narratives are disturbing and unforgettable, including a father who tears his drowning daughterís arms from around his neck so that he can live."
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Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938
3.  Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938 by R. A. Scotti
The list author says:
  "According to the author, no one could have been prepared for the 1938 hurricane's speed and ferocity. Sweeping northward from Cape Hatteras, building tremendous momentum as it advanced, the storm raced over six hundred miles in only twelve hours.  Another good book about the 'Long Island Express.'"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded
4.  Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester
The list author says:
  "Simon Winchester writes about the 1883 explosion from every conceivable angle."
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Category 5: The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane
5.  Category 5: The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane by Thomas Neil Knowles
The list author says:
  "The author really comes into stride when he draws from eye-witness accounts to describe the horrors that survivors had to endure, both during and after the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane in the Floriday Keys."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

Wave of Destruction: The Stories of Four Families and History's Deadliest Tsunami
6.  Wave of Destruction: The Stories of Four Families and History's Deadliest Tsunami by Erich Krauss
The list author says:
  "A compelling account of four families in a Thai village devastated by the tsunami of December 26, 2004.  This is what it was like to actually live through the tsunami."
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Category 5: The Story of Camille, Lessons Unlearned from America's Most Violent Hurricane
7.  Category 5: The Story of Camille, Lessons Unlearned from America's Most Violent Hurricane by Ernest Zebrowski
The list author says:
  "This book captures both the science and the human anguish generated by this major hurricane.  The authors track some of the survivors into the new Millennium, where the storm is still affecting their lives and their sleep."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Roar of the Heavens
8.  Roar of the Heavens by Stefan Bechtel
The list author says:
  "Intense mixture of survivors' stories and riveting meteorological description.  The account of the devastating floods in the rural mountains of Virginia is especially powerful."
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The Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 (Great Historic Disasters)
9.  The Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 (Great Historic Disasters) by William W. Lace
The list author says:
  "This book covers the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 26, 2004 at both a macro and micro level, and succeeds in all respects.  I was impressed with how much information the author was able to pack into a 127-page book meant for pre-teens, and still maintain a lucid and interesting narrative thread."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

A Weekend in September
10.  A Weekend in September by John Edward Weems
The list author says:
  "Galveston Hurricane story now in its Seventh Printing"
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The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast
11.  The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast by Douglas G. Brinkley
The list author says:
  "History professor writes eye-witness account of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of the Gulf Coast."
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Isaac's Storm : A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
12.  Isaac's Storm : A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson
The list author says:
  "the hurricane that destroyed Galveston, Texas a little over 100 years ago"
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Natural Disasters and How We Cope with Them
13.  Natural Disasters and How We Cope with Them 
The list author says:
  "Published in 2006, this large book contains the worst disasters of the new millennium as well as historical natural disasters.  The biggest and best disaster book with the most color photographs."
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The great international disaster book
14.  The great international disaster book by James Cornell
The list author says:
  "A good smorgasbord to get you started.  Excellent bibliography."
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1 Dead in Attic
15.  1 Dead in Attic by Chris Rose
The list author says:
  "Survivor accounts of Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans."
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A Wind to Shake the World: The Story of the 1938 Hurricane
16.  A Wind to Shake the World: The Story of the 1938 Hurricane by Everett S. Allen
The list author says:
  "A deadly hurricane called 'The Long Island Express' told by an ex-reporter who experienced it.  Vivid, dramatic survivor accounts."
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The Earth Shook Sky Burned: A Photographic Record of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
17.  The Earth Shook Sky Burned: A Photographic Record of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire by William Bronson
The list author says:
  "An engrossing account of the 1906 'Frisco Earthquake.  Good photos"
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Catastrophe: An Investigation into the Origins of the Modern World
18.  Catastrophe: An Investigation into the Origins of the Modern World by David Keys
The list author says:
  "Every science from dendrochronology to the study of glacial ice cores is cited by the author to support his contention that a massive eruption of Krakatoa caused the darkening of the sun and the ensuing climatic catastrophes of the sixth-century A.D.  A fascinating history."
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The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance
19.  The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance by Laurie Garrett
The list author says:
  "humanity's losing war against its deadliest enemies"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Rats, Lice, and History
20.  Rats, Lice, and History by Hans Zinsser
The list author says:
  "grumpily discursive, masterfully written, and ultimately profound biography of typhus fever"
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Volcanoes
21.  Volcanoes by Richard V. Fisher
The list author says:
  "Some say the Earth will end in fire"
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Virus X: Tracking the New Killer Plagues
22.  Virus X: Tracking the New Killer Plagues by Frank Ryan
The list author says:
  "Newly emerging viruses, and the possibility of our extinction.  Scary!"
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The Greatest Disaster Stories Ever Told: Seventeen Harrowing Tales
23.  The Greatest Disaster Stories Ever Told: Seventeen Harrowing Tales by Lamar Underwood
The list author says:
  "not a good book for those of us who like to read about catastrophes from a comfortable psychological distance."
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Ghosts of Vesuvius: A New Look at the Last Days of Pompeii, How Towers Fall, and Other Strange Connections
24.  Ghosts of Vesuvius: A New Look at the Last Days of Pompeii, How Towers Fall, and Other Strange Connections by Charles Pellegrino
The list author says:
  "This book is about large-scale human tragedies, including the eruption of Thera and its annihilation of Minoan civilization, the eruption of Vesuvius and the burial of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the sinking of the Titanic, and the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on 09/11/2001."
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La Catastrophe: Mount Pelée and the Destruction of Saint-Pierre, Martinique (Montagne Pelee and the Destruction of the Saint-Pierre, Mart)
25.  La Catastrophe: Mount Pel√ɬ©e and the Destruction of Saint-Pierre, Martinique (Montagne Pelee and the Destruction of the Saint-Pierre, Mart) by Alwyn Scarth
The list author says:
  "The volcano Mount Pelee, on the Caribbean island of Martinique did not behave according to scientific expectations. Almost 27,000 people died on the morning of May 8, 1902 because, according to this book's author, no one had ever heard of a nuee ardente (pyroclastic flow) until after the destruction of Saint-Pierre."
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Apocalypse
26.  Apocalypse by Bill McGuire
The list author says:
  "Professor McGuire was one of our earliest scientific prophets of world-wide disaster.  This book was published in 1999, and in it he concentrates on four catastrophes that could change our lives (or eliminate them, altogether) in the near future.  He discusses the science and history behind each scenario, then uses his imagination to tell a story about a future occurrence:"
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Dreadful Visitations: Confronting Natural Catastrophe in the Age of Enlightenment
27.  Dreadful Visitations: Confronting Natural Catastrophe in the Age of Enlightenment by Alessa Johns
The list author says:
  "Throughout history, varying responses to catastrophe have revealed much about a society's cultural and philosophical character.  These essays concern the philosophers of the Enlightenment such as Voltaire and his reaction to the Great Lisbon Earthquake."
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Perils of a Restless Planet: Scientific Perspectives on Natural Disasters
28.  Perils of a Restless Planet: Scientific Perspectives on Natural Disasters by Ernest Zebrowski
The list author says:
  "There's lots of physics (and some biology, archeology, and sociology) in 'Perils' but it is all very clear and palatable. In fact, this book would make a good overview of science for high school students. It's got stories of volcanoes, plagues, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, asteroids, and poisonous lakes to hold the students' interest."
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Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America
29.  Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America by John M. Barry
The list author says:
  "The river that weaves through the story is of course, the Mississippi, and the author begins in the mid-1800s up through the great flood of 1927, and a few years beyond.  He has some astounding history to tell us."
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No One Had a Tongue to Speak: The Untold Story of One of History's Deadliest Floods
30.  No One Had a Tongue to Speak: The Untold Story of One of History's Deadliest Floods by Utpal Sandesara
The list author says:
  "Estimates of the number of dead from the 1979 Machhu dam break range from 1500 to 15000 people, but the focus of this book is quite rightly on the survivors. This devastating account of the 1979 dam collapse in Gujarat dwells within the context of the social history of 20th century India."
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The Johnstown Flood
31.  The Johnstown Flood by David G. McCullough
The list author says:
  "David McCullough firmly embeds his devastating account of the Johnstown Flood in the social history of late 19th century America. He does a very good job in building up to the book's compelling climax, and when the dam above Johnstown finally gives way, you will already be on the edge of your reading chair."
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Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire, America's Deadliest Rock Concert
32.  Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire, America's Deadliest Rock Concert by John Barylick
The list author says:
  "This is a horrifying, riveting true-crime book about The Station nightclub fire that will make you mad and sad, all the while teaching you how our legal system deals with crimes of stupidity, negligence and greed."
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Waking the Giant: How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes
33.  Waking the Giant: How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes by Bill McGuire
The list author says:
  "The ultimate disaster book.  The author does not rehash arguments for and against the reality of climate change.  He assumes anthropogenic climate change is a fact and moves on to detail our vulnerability to the geological manifestations caused by the rapid warming of our planet.  Very scary."
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In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made
34.  In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made by Norman F. Cantor
The list author says:
  "Of all the books I've read recently, "In the Wake of the Plague" had the most power to place me in the middle of the action--in this case, in fourteenth-century England.  In a sense, the experience was like watching a vivid, rather depressing movie where all of the main characters died of the plague."
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Devastation! The World's Worst Natural Disasters
35.  Devastation! The World's Worst Natural Disasters by Lesley Newson
The list author says:
  "This is a chaotically organized book, but easy and fun to read.  You might at least want to find it in the oversized books section of your library and browse through the photographs."
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Mt. St. Helens: The Volcano Explodes!
36.  Mt. St. Helens: The Volcano Explodes! by Prof. Leonard Palmer
The list author says:
  "This book was published in 1980, the same year Mount St. Helens erupted with such catastrophic force.  Geology Professor Leonard Palmer flew into the devastated area the following day and kept a journal of what he discovered."
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Storm (Planet Earth)
37.  Storm (Planet Earth) by Joyce Cooper Arkhurst
The list author says:
  "Not only is this 1982 Time-Life ĎPlanet Earthí book a good, concise history of weather forecasting, it also contains descriptions, photographs and diagrams of some of the most fearsome hurricanes, typhoons, blizzards, and tornadoes to have plagued the 20th Century.

This is still one of the best introductions to meteorology I have read."
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Freaky Facts about Natural Disasters
38.  Freaky Facts about Natural Disasters by Kathleen Duey
The list author says:
  "This YA (Grades 8 - 12) book covers tornadoes, blizzards, floods, thunderstorms, droughts, and hurricanes.  Each chapter starts out with an 'imagine this' which puts the reader into the scene.  It is well worth reading, if you ignore some of dumbed-down language and the plethora of exclamation points."
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The Orphan Tsunami of 1700: Japanese Clues to a Parent Earthquake in North America
39.  The Orphan Tsunami of 1700: Japanese Clues to a Parent Earthquake in North America by Brian F. Atwater
The list author says:
  "A fascinating glimpse of the research that has been done on an earthquake that struck the Northwest coast of America in 1700.  This isn't an extended narrative, but a collection of photographs, diagrams and (mainly Japanese) reports on the earthquake and resulting tsunami."
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FAMOUS DISASTERS (National Enquirer)
40.  FAMOUS DISASTERS (National Enquirer) by J. Wagenvoord
The list author says:
  "This Pocket book is fun to read but the authors, who originally published these stories in the 'National Enquirer' don't always quote their sources, so it is difficult to know whether to believe some of the material, especially when it involves flying saucers, ESP, or people with supernormal hearing, who can predict earthquakes and volcanoes."
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