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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press (October 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816687196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816687190
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"After 100 years, the definitive book about the Great Storm of 1913 has finally been written. In November’s Fury, Michael Schumacher deftly interweaves the stories of the scores of ships sunk, grounded, or damaged by the freak November hurricane with the tragic stories of a cross-section of the more than 250 Great Lakes sailors that died or were forever psychologically scarred." —Mark Thompson, author of Graveyard of the Lakes


"November’s Fury is a moving and historically rich account of spectacular survivals, daring rescues, and heartbreaking loss. Michael Schumacher’s meticulous research and adroit storytelling give voice to the hundreds who perished in the Great Lakes storm of the century, revealing a human tragedy of immeasurable magnitude. November’s Fury touches all of our hearts." —Andrew Kantar, author of Deadly Voyage and Black November


"Schumacher’s storytelling is comprehensive, hitting its best notes when it details the stories of the men working that November night." —Star Tribune

"Schumacher does a great service to the memories of those who lived through the storm, sharing in their own words their stories of survival." —Chicago Book Review

About the Author


Michael Schumacher has written twelve books, including Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Minnesota, 2012) and Wreck of the Carl D., and twenty-five documentaries on Great Lakes shipwrecks and lighthouses. He lives in Wisconsin.

Customer Reviews

For anyone with an interest in marine history, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Maxine McLister
I like his writing style and you can tell he spent a lot of time doing his home work on the subject of this book, as he has done on his other books I have read.
brewin
Schumacher's book on the Great Lakes Hurricane has all the information and captivation of the rest of his ship stories.
Nicholas Roberts

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Randy Stafford VINE VOICE on November 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
One hundred years ago as I write this, the most destructive storm in Great Lakes' history began its attack on the area.

It was hardly the first or most famous storm to wrack the area. Explorer Rene-Robert Sieur de LaSalle constructed the first European boat to sail Lake Huron and lost it in a storm the same year. And, of course, singer Gordon Lightfoot immortalized the November storm that sunk the Edmund Fitzgerald (subject of another Schumacher book). The 1913 storm blasted the Great Lakes from November 7th through November 10th of 1913, killing over two hundred people on land and water.

The center of Schumacher's book is a chronological account of the storm as it swept west to east, two storm centers meeting to become a "white hurricane". He follows the fate of several ships, survivors and the doomed. Sticking to that chronology accounts for the book's only weakness. Sometimes hopping from ship to ship gets a bit confusing.

It is not just a story of sailors, though. There are the families who had to travel from morgue to morgue to identify the dead, the storm's assault on Cleveland. There are mysteries: a long sunk ship pulled up from the bottom by the storm, an unknown capsized ship, a dead seaman wearing the life preserver of a ship sunk miles away from his own. There are poignant messages scrawled by men about to die (or maybe the notes are just cruel hoaxes). A man attends, while living, his own wake. The bodies of the dead wash ashore and are looted.

Schumacher frames his story by summarizing the state of Great Lakes nautical commerce in 1913. Radios were available but largely unused - ship captains regarded them as tools for owners to interfere with their command.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Hartling on November 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Originally published on my blog at TheRelentlessReader.com

You might not peg me for the type of reader who enjoys man vs. nature stories. You'd mostly be right. But when the tale takes place practically in my backyard I have to take notice. I'm a Midwesterner. The Great Lakes have been a silent backdrop to much of my life.

Sadly, I didn't know much about this particular storm. The only Great Lakes sinking I knew of (as many do, thanks to the Gordon Lightfoot song) was the Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior in 1975. I'd briefly read about the terrible storm of 1913, but only as it related to land. I hadn't given much thought to what happened on the Great Lakes over the course of this "white hurricane".

The hurricane of 1913 was catastrophic on both land and on the seas of the Great Lakes. Schumacher takes us onto the ships and into the heads of the sailors that battled this amazing storm. The split second choices they made were more important than they realized. Some survived. Many did not.

While I wish there had more personal details about the men on the boats I do recommend this book to aficionados of history, maritime or otherwise. It's a well written reminder of a different time. The most important reminder is that there were men that never made it home. They shouldn't be forgotten.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brewin on January 20, 2014
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I have read a couple Michaels books. I like his writing style and you can tell he spent a lot of time doing his home work on the subject of this book, as he has done on his other books I have read. A added bonus in this book are several old photo's which actually help to give a clearer picture of the ships/boats involved and time period of this story. Michael weaves a great story in this book and I highly recommend reading it if you are interested in history and stories from the inland waters and waterways of the Great Lakes.
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Very nice book about the terrible storms of early November, 1913, that plagued the five Great Lakes. I was aware of the storms that hit in 1913 and in 1940, as well, but had not read many vivid descriptions of the storms or the ships and crews affected by the storms of 1913. Living near Lake Michigan, in the state of Michigan, makes stories like these very interesting to me. Being a history teacher also makes this type of book well worth my while. Mr. Schumacher does a very good job with this book. Has a nice flow and includes a whole lot of facts and information. Some nice photos, too. If the Great Lakes are your thing, and especially the storms that can haunt them, this book is for you. If you love maritime history, a la Great Lakes, you will also find this book to our liking. Bon voyage.
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Schumacher's book on the Great Lakes Hurricane has all the information and captivation of the rest of his ship stories. He makes a commendable effort to cover the whole storm in a few hundred pages. Each lake is covered and all the mysteries are examined. This is a great overview of the storm and the terror it caused. I wish he had written more as the book could have easily been three times as long. Regardless I am not disappointed in the least that I purchased this book.
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By S. Christensen on April 11, 2014
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I had previously read White Hurricane by David Brown, another account of this great storm, and was eager to learn more. But the editing of this treatment is quite poor. In dealing with an event that happened to different ships, on different days, on different lakes during the course of the storm, you have the fundamental question of how to arrange the narrative. Do you deal with one ship's ordeal all the way through, even if it means backtracking to an earlier time to start the next story? Or do you give a chronological treatment, bouncing back and forth between lakes and ships. This treatment uses the latter, and ends up being very confusing, as the author jumps around so that you are taken back to a ship in trouble that you learned about many pages ago and can't quite remember the details of, to another another ship on another lake.

Not bad, but it could have been much better and more clear if handled differently.
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