Like his most famous book,The Devil In The White City, Eric Larson has mastered the technique of showing both the incredible advantages and underlying darkside of modern technological advances. Instead of the amazing feats of the 1893 World's Fair, this time he tackles weather forecasting and the creation of the US Weather Bureau. Despite achievements in this science, determining the weather was still risky business, especially at the turn of the century. The Weather Bureau's need to project a positive and worthwhile image and Cline's presumption that man could somehow outwit nature, led, in no small part, to the catastrophic events of September 8, 1900. Larson gives us a sweeping overview of these background events, at the same time taking us in to the world of Galveston, the town, the people, and the atmosphere, at the dawn of the twentieth century. We trace their lives and the life of the hurricane, until they finally meet with tragic consequences. But it's no longer just numbers. It's the real people we've come to know and real lives lost that terrible day. Larson is a master of historical narrative. This is a good read and definitely recommended.