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.
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From Library Journal
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
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