February 24, 2016

Killer blizzard

Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America
by Jim Murphy

At the time, the winter was unusually warm, with clear blue skies and flowers bursting into bloom. But unbeknownst to many New Yorkers, a massive storm was brewing, a storm that would last three days and claim countless lives.

Jim Murphy vividly brings the Great Blizzard of 1888 to life in his dramatic and compelling book. By concentrating on the experiences of several individuals, he is able to forge a close connection between them and the reader. You can practically feel the cold, the wind, and the extreme exhaustion as each individual tries to survive.

Highly recommended.

The Great Blizzard wasn't the only blizzard of 1888. Three months earlier, in January of that year, the American prairies were hit by a sudden blizzard that killed many children on their way home from school. Read The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin.

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