Erik Larson gives a detailed, thorough, exhausting research on the Galveston hurricane of 1900. The reader is educated about the anatomy of a hurricane, the geography of Galveston and the Texas coast. The reader is also given information about previously recorded major hurricanes to hit Galveston and the surrounding coastal areas.
The major portion of the book is the hair raising and heart racing accounts from those that survived the hurricane.
This book is probably the scariest book I have ever read, because it is an all to real event that happens to those that live in coastal communities. A hurricane is not something that we can control, it wreaks horrific damage and takes lives. Those people that ignore the threat are taking a risk that could lead to their death.
In 1900 they did not have the preparedness and up to date tracking with radar on hurricanes that we have now. I was astonished at the presumption of many of those in this time period that did not heed the warnings that the skies were telling them. They believed in the invincibility of Galveston (sounds similar to the Titanic story.)
I read this book in less than 24 hours, I just could not put the book down. It is a phenomenal read, and one that I highly recommend!