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The Blizzard of '88 Hardcover – January, 1988

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From Publishers Weekly

On March 12, 1888, one of the worst blizzards in the nation's history struck the East Coast from Washington to Maine and wreaked havoc on both land and sea. Particularly hard hit by the three-day storm was New York City, which more than any other urban center of the time relied on modern technology, and Cable (Lost New Orleans) concentrates on that city. Although the actual snowfall was less than two feet, furious winds drove it into drifts as high as 20 or 30 feet; ice was a further problem, paralyzing the extensive elevated railway system and, together with the wind, bringing down electric and phone wires. People struggled to get to work. An intriguing story expertly told. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The blizzard of 1888 still makes for fascinating reading after 100 years. Popular historian Cable details life on the East Coast during the three days in which 21 inches of snow fell and winds gusted up to 50 miles an hour. Men, women, and children struggled through the storm in a world that was far enough advanced technologically to be shut down by the weather, but not advanced enough to overcome the snow and ice. Many went out into the storm because they feared losing their jobs or really wanted to work; some just didn't know what was happening. Neither situation is as likely today. Amazing stories of life and death fill this readable social history of a great disaster. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Pat Ensor, Indiana State Univ. Lib., Terre Haute
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; First Printing Stated. edition (January 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689115911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689115912
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a thoroughly satisfying account of a major event in U.S. weather history, actually an icy hurricane that struck the northeast. Mary Cable has done a very professional job of documenting this blizzard while keeping up a sense of excitement and reality. Her realistic description of locations and events in Manhattan raised a very nostalgic feeling in me, since I had visited the city on numerous occasions and had a personal attachment to it. She was able to shift the atmosphere skillfully to that of 1888 and her description of many events were completely convincing as almost eyewitness accounts. Further she extended the coverage to include surrounding areas and communities. Although the book is exciting, it is apparent that she was resting her account on actual recorded information, not on fantasy. While reading it, I felt strongly as if I was a contemporary and was going through this dramatic storm.
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By A Customer on February 10, 2004
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This book is highly readable. Once you start, it's difficult to stop. I read portions of it to my sons of varying ages, and they were enthralled with the depictions of life in a big city blizzard over 100 years ago. Very compelling stories of everyday people, people who made a lot of money off the blizzard--kids who shoveled, ran errands for neighbors, or otherwise figured out ways to take advantage of the situation. Stories of people helping each other out, businesses helping stranded folks, complete strangers rising to the occasion. It is truly an amazing story, and not without tragedy. People of that era don't seem that different than they are today. I highly recommend this book.
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Another good researched presentation of the GREAT BLIZZARD
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