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Galveston and the 1900 Storm Paperback – August, 2000
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Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Elizabeth Hayes Turner is Professor of History at the University of North Texas.
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The photographs, from a variety of sources, are wonderful in conveying to the reader the magnitude of this disaster. Each chapter deals with a different aspect of the story from the actual events during the hurricane and the aftermath to how Galveston recovered and protected herself from future storms. I give the book three stars based on the photographs and amount of detail they put into the writing.
But the book, written by authors with PhDs, reads more like a scholarly account, rather than the politically correct coffee table book it appears to be. Much attention is paid to the changing role of women and African-Americans during the time, with some statements and theories offered that have not been seen in other accounts. It is necessary to check their sources to compare those accounts with others.
Unfortunately, they failed to include any endnotes guiding the reader through their extensive research. Instead, as the authors write, "Because this work was written for a more popular, general audience, it lacks the full scholarly apparatus of footnotes, endnotes or bibliography." This is a great disservice to the reader as I found myself wanting to know where some of the information came from. This is my reason for saying the book is lacking.
I might be tempted to give this book four stars, but I'm trying to even things up because of the reviewer who voted three times.