HURRICANE! by Joe McCarthy


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In the teeth of Camille, this account of a still older juggernaut -- the September 21, 1938 hurricane, the first to hit New England in over a hundred years. Mr. McCarthy's book has been put together from various newspapers, magazines and specialized publications (Seaside Topics for one) and includes visual notations (a steamship thrown up on a railroad track, a church steeple dislodged), etc.) and vocal outcries (""Mummy, if I must die, I want my rosary""; ""Gracious, there goes the kitchen stove!""). The hurricane is followed from Long Island to Rhode Island (Watch Hill and Napatree Point) to the Massachusetts seaside resorts with all its attendant disruptions and damage. A notational record for the Bishopric although the voice is much more subdued and the book is primarily of regional interest, along with the four maps and 14 photographs. It's pretty incidental.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1969
Publisher: American Heritage