The Great Hurricane: 1938

By Cherie Burns
A Cedar House Audio Production
Read by Anna Fields

5.83 Hours 06/27/2005 unabridged
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On the night of September 20, 1938, the news on the radio was full of Hitler’s pending invasion of Czechoslovakia. In a matter of hours, however, a hurricane of unprecedented force would tear through one of the wealthiest and most populated stretches of coastline in America, obliterating communities from Long Island to Providence, destroying entire fishing fleets from Montauk to Narragansett Bay, and leaving seven hundred people dead. Using newspaper reports, survivor testimony, and archival sources, Cherie Burns reconstructs this harrowing day and the amazing tales of heroism, survival, and loss that occurred. Those who survived still remember the Great Hurricane as the most terrifying moment of their lives. Burns’s masterful storytelling follows the storm’s monstrous path and preserves for posterity the way the Great Hurricane changed New England forever.

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Summary

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Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award

On the night of September 20, 1938, the news on the radio was full of Hitler’s pending invasion of Czechoslovakia. In a matter of hours, however, a hurricane of unprecedented force would tear through one of the wealthiest and most populated stretches of coastline in America, obliterating communities from Long Island to Providence, destroying entire fishing fleets from Montauk to Narragansett Bay, and leaving seven hundred people dead.

Using newspaper reports, survivor testimony, and archival sources, Cherie Burns reconstructs this harrowing day and the amazing tales of heroism, survival, and loss that occurred. Those who survived still remember the Great Hurricane as the most terrifying moment of their lives. Burns’s masterful storytelling follows the storm’s monstrous path and preserves for posterity the way the Great Hurricane changed New England forever.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“From start to finish, this powerful story of nature’s fury and human survival pulls the reader in and doesn’t let go.” Publishers Weekly
“While giving the story the respect due a historical volume, Fields captures the sense of urgency and loss that those in the hurricane’s path must have felt.” AudioFile
“Author Burns makes this horrendous tragedy something the listener can relate to. We come to know the families, their plans for that fateful day, their names, what they wore, their pets, their likes and dislikes…Reader Fields displays an anchorwoman-like straightforwardness as she reads in a nearly emotionless, journalistic manner, a ‘this just handed to me’ style so appropriate for audio.” Kliatt

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Author Bio: Cherie Burns

Cherie Burns is a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, People, Glamour, US, New York, and other publications. This is her second book.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 5.83
Audience: Adult
Language: English