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Storm Surge

by Adam Sobel Harper Wave (October 14, 2014)

A renowned scientist takes us through the devastating and unprecedented events of Hurricane Sandy, using it to explain our planet’s changing climate, and what we need to do to protect ourselves and our cities...


Island in the Storm

by Jamie W. Moore & Dorothy Perrin Moore The History Press (August 16, 2006)

Island in the Storm, by local historians Jamie and Dorothy Moore, documents in vivid detail the devastation, loss and eventual rebuilding of this beloved island community.

On the night of September 21, 1989,...


Death in the Mines

by J. Stuart Richards The History Press (February 28, 2007)

Through original journal and newspaper accounts, J. Stuart Richards's Death in the Mines revisits Pennsylvania's most notorious mining accidents and rescue attempts from 1869 to 1943.

Since 1870, mining disasters...


The Hartford Circus Fire: Tragedy Under the Big Top

by Michael Skidgell The History Press (April 08, 2014)

Through firsthand accounts, interviews with survivors and a gripping collection of vintage photographs, author Michael Skidgell attempts to make sense of one of Hartford's worst tragedies.

Almost 7,000 fans eagerly...


The Strand Theatre Fire: The 1941 Brockton Tragedy and the Fallen Thirteen

by Nicole B. Casper, James E. Benson & Kenneth F. Galligan Brockton Fire Chief Retired The History Press (March 06, 2017)

Chronicling the devastating Strand Theatre Fire of 1941 and celebrating the community's heroes and resilience in the face of adversity.

On March 10, 1941, at 12:38 a.m., the Brockton Fire Department responded...


Great Storms of the Chesapeake

by David Healey & Bernadette Woods The History Press (September 18, 2012)

Join author David Healey as he keeps an eye to the red horizon and chronicles the most remarkable storms to churn the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

Even before John Smith's crew weathered its first squall, the...


The Great Chicago Fire

by John Boda & Ray Johnson Arcadia Publishing (October 02, 2017)

After an extremely hot and dry summer, Chicago got a spark that grew into something unimiginable and unforgettable on Oct. 8, 1871.

On Oct. 8, 1871, what became known as "the Great Chicago Fire" was a massive...


The Cedar Keys Hurricane of 1896: Disaster at Dawn

by Alvin F. Oickle The History Press (March 30, 2009)

Families watched in horror as walls of water swept away homes and businesses, and men held onto saplings for their lives while the winds howled.

The destruction was beyond belief. Buildings on Atsena Otie were...


Long Island and the Sea

by Bill Bleyer & Billy Joel The History Press (April 08, 2019)

For more than five centuries, the waterways surrounding Long Island have profoundly shaped its history.

Familiar subjects of lighthouses, shipwrecks and whaling are found alongside oft-forgotten oddities such...


Deadly Storms of the Delmarva Coast

by Michael Morgan The History Press (May 06, 2019)

Journey to the coast with Michael Morgan as he looks back at the area's most deadly storms.

Coastal Delaware, Maryland and Virginia have always been vulnerable to the power of storms. In the early nineteenth...


The Brockton Tragedy at Moosehead Lake

by Nicole B. Casper, James E. Benson & Colonel Joel T. Wilkinson - Maine Warden Service The History Press (May 07, 2018)

Follow the tragic story of a fishing trip gone wrong and its impact on the community of Brockton, Massachusetts.

On May 13, 1928, ten prominent men of Brockton, Massachusetts, headed off on a fishing trip to...


The Eastland Disaster

by Ted Wachholz Arcadia Publishing (August 17, 2005)

July 24, 1915 was supposed to be Chicago's social event of a lifetime, but turned into a tragedy unlike any other.

More than 7,000 people living in the Chicago area and Michigan City, Indiana, eagerly anticipated...


The Fargo Fire of 1893

by Danielle Teigen The History Press (October 19, 2020)

In 1893, Fargo was simply trying to thrive amid an impending national depression. One Wednesday afternoon in June, a ferocious fire quickly devoured hundreds of businesses and more than thirty blocks in the...


Miracle in the Cave

by Liam Cochrane HarperOne (January 08, 2019)

Featuring never-before-reported details and exclusive interviews with the boys and their coach, the inspiring true story of how twelve members of the Wild Boar Academy Football Club and their coach survived...


The Boys in the Cave

by Matt Gutman William Morrow (November 13, 2018)

From award-winning ABC News Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman, and written using exclusive interviews and information comes the definitive account of the dramatic story that gripped the world: the miracle...


We Fed an Island

by Jose Andres Anthony Bourdain/Ecco (September 11, 2018)

FOREWORD BY LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA AND LUIS A. MIRANDA, JR.

The true story of how a group of chefs fed hundreds of thousands of hungry Americans after Hurricane Maria and touched the hearts of many more

Chef José...


Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios

by Lisa Bedford HarperOne (April 24, 2012)

From the creator of TheSurvivalMom.com comes this first-of-its-kind guidebook for all the “prepper” moms keen to increase their family's level of preparedness for emergencies and crises of all shapes and...


Inviting Disaster

by James R. Chiles HarperCollins e-books (July 08, 2008)

Combining captivating storytelling with eye-opening findings, Inviting Disaster delves inside some of history's worst catastrophes in order to show how increasingly "smart" systems leave us wide open to human...