This gripping recreation of a deadly 1856 hurricane also illuminates social history, weather, science, and the growing threat to vulnerable coasts
In the summer of 1853 explosions rocked New Orleans. The mayor ordered cannons fired and barrels of tar set aflame in a desperate attempt to rid the city of yellow fever. Those with the means fled. Many of them traveled to Isle Derniere, an emerging island retreat on the Gulf of Mexico, presuming it a safe haven.
Then, without warning, on August 10, 1856, a hurricane swept across the island, killing most of its 400 inhabitants. The Isle Derniere, already a narrow ribbon of sand, was devastated. What remained was a forest stranded in the sea, a sign of a land that would eventually vanish.
Island in a Storm is the riveting true story of the people who faced this fierce hurricane, their bravery and cowardice, luck and misfortune, life and death. It chronicles a coast in perpetual motion and a rising sea that made the Isle Derniere particularly vulnerable to a great hurricane. Finally, it is a cautionary environmental tale that reveals how global warming is spreading the unique hazards of river deltas to barrier islands around the world.
Abby Sallenger received his Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of Virginia and is the former Chief Scientist of the U.S. Geological Survey's Center for Coastal Geology. He presently leads the USGS Extreme Storms research group.
Pub date: 06/01/09
Price: $24.95/29.00 Canada
6 1/8 x 9 1/4
b/w illustrations throughout
Carton Quantity: 32
Selling Territory: W
Rights: First serial, British Commonwealth, Translation, Audio & Electronic Rights: PublicAffairs
Performance Rights: Tessler Literary Agency, LLC