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Randy Turner is an eighth grade English teacher at Joplin East Middle School. Prior to entering the educational field, Turner was a reporter and editor at various Southwest Missouri newspapers for more than two decades, receiving more than 100 national, state, and regional awards, including 30 for investigative reporting. He is the author of four books, two novels, Small Town News and Devil's Messenger and two non-fiction, Newspaper Days and The Turner Report. John Hacker is the award-winning managing editor of The Carthage Press, and former editor of the Joplin Daily. Hacker, a graduate of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, has been one of the top reporters and photographers in Missouri for the past two decades, with a reputation for covering breaking news. Hacker is recognized as a top weather photographer and has had numerous lightning photos exhibited.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Randy Turner (August 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615516114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615516110
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For those who like their information in one place, they will appreciate the efforts of Joplin middle school teacher Randy Turner doing what he does best on "The Turner Report"--chronicling the day's events online. Turner, together with Carthage Press managing editor John Hacker, a local well-known weather photographer, have self-published "5:41 - Stories from the Joplin tornado," a compilation of articles--some solicited, many not, that they admit could not possibly tell the whole story those in Joplin during the tornado could tell.

The "many not" might be subject to criticism for inclusion by those who themselves actively use Google to search news. The "many not" represents about a half dozen or so commentaries that previously have been published elsewhere. The "many not" also represents the editorial decision to reprint the speeches made by Rev. Aaron Brown, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and President Barack Obama. What makes reading repetition so nagging is one's insatiable desire to read more from the people who finally are willing to share their unique firsthand experiences--before, during and after "5:41," the time the tornado is credited for having struck.

And in "5:41" those stories resonate. There are, for instance, the words of Pitt State student Larry Thomas, who survived the total destruction of the Missouri Place Apartments--words described by Hacker as coming in a "stream of consciousness;" how St.
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This account of the tornado that hit Joplin is well documented by John Hacker, who places in the book accounts and stories of the tornado, during the tornado an the aftermath of this horrific tornado.
This is book that I believe is in a sort a history book and a book of courage of all who survived this.
There is a special account and obituaries of each person who lost their life during or shortly thereafter this tornado.
Personally, I cried and cried reading about their lives.

This kind of tornado could happen anywhere, anytime. For me, it opened my eyes to be prepared, be storm ready to be safe/
So I will encourage you to read this book, I believe that it will change your life and your thoughts about severe weather, especially tornadoes!

Highly recommend this book!
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I got this book today from Amazon and it's a great book with lots of accounts of the dreadful Joplin, MO tornado in 2011. Wonderful book.....I am already reading it and wish I can find more books like this here or anywhere else. 5 of 5 stars I gave this book.
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I cannot imagine living through something like this. I live across the state and remember the night this happened very well.

I am looking to write a fiction account of a midwest tornado and the aftermath, so I downloaded this book and devoured every single eye witness story.

It makes you think. Do you know how many times I've heard the sirens blow and looked around at the people who carried on like nothing was going on. It's the old adage about "crying wolf." People become complacent and literally ignore the sirens because they "always" go off and nothing ever happens. Sad.

All an all, a very good read.
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I was so very impressed with how the authors put this terrible tragedy into a book, I bought another for my son for Christmas! Not only does it give a stranger to tornadoes a very real experience, it allowed the survivors the chance to express what they went through personally. What a wonderful path for healing!
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Somehow I missed how bad the Joplin Tornado really was at the time it was happening. But this book put you right inside the moment of the tornado. It gave first hand accounts and descriptions that enabled you to actually visualize the fear and the effects left behind. It must have been a difficult book to write. Harder still to tell the stories of losing loved ones. At the end of the book there are the obituaries of all the victims. Each obituary puts a face to a soul lost in the storm that day. It's not just a vague story of something that happened one day. It's the tale of their lives and deaths and the strength of the survivors.
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Bought this for my husband for Christmas. He doesn't read many books, but he does read most things about tornados, and he gives it four out of 5 stars. I received it quickly and in excellent condition.
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This book had some pretty darn good survivor stories, but I was also looking for some facts about the storm itself, and I suppose I should have read the description more closely. Well written. A keeper.
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