Yep, that Al Roker. The Today Show host and meteorologist covers the Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900, which remains the deadliest natural disaster ever to hit the United States. Given the increasing severity of weather in 21st century, this is timely revisiting the story (told so memorably in Isaac’s Storm).
The drama of the story and extensive publicity seem likely to ensure a trip to the bestseller list. A first serial appears in American History magazine this week, to be followed by coverage on NPR’s Weekend Edition, The Today Show, The Diane Rehm Show, Brian Kilmeade and Friends, USA Today, the Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle and Salon. It’s already been in Time magazine’s Summer Reading Preview.
“Focusing on the human experience of the storm, Roker follows survivors before, during, and after the hurricane in order to elucidate what people on Galveston Island encountered as the storm raged through the city. Unlike other books devoted to the subject, such as Erik Larson’s Isaac’s Storm, Roker’s account investigates the race relations of the time and the impacts of minorities living in Galveston both during the city’s rise and in the aftermath of the disaster. … Roker succeeds in presenting a broad overview of the event, emphasizing the individual experiences of residents. … [A] compelling work.”
— Library Journal
The Storm of the Century: Tragedy, Heroism, Survival, and the Epic True Story of America’s Deadliest Natural Disaster: The Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900 (9780062364654) by Al Roker. $27.99 hardcover. 8/11/15 on sale.