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Early American Hurricanes 1492-1870

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: American Meteorological Society; First Edition edition (1963)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000RB6C4A
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,583,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Roth on January 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I'm owned a copy of this book for over ten years, and still find interesting tidbits that were overlooked in previous reads. It was the most complete book of its genre to be published at the time, and is still the standard against which other regional hurricane histories are judged. The late David Ludlum was a stickler for detail, and it shows. No matter whether you are interested in systems that affected Maine or Texas, this book delivers. The reader can see his enthusiasm in the text. One of the few flaws is its total lack of pictures. Granted, satellite and radar were new technologies in 1963, but even mere damage pictures are absent from this book. At a glance, Gulf Coast storms seem to get less attention that their Atlantic counterparts. This is not the author's fault, however, since data/newspapers from that region are extremely scarce before 1870. It does, however, include tracks when possible....it some cases, back to 1800. This is a feat still in the making for the official maintainer of hurricane records in the United States, the National Hurricane Center. Whether you're a historian of United States history or a hurricane nut, this is your book. How Ludlum intertwines history and past storms is a marvel to behold. This book is a keeper.
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