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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin | LibraryThing

The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin | LibraryThing:

I enjoy books that capture the flavor of an era, and this book certainly does that. The blizzard of 1888, by all accounts, was the "perfect storm," a confluence of patterns that sent a wall of snow, wind, and cold (almost literally) sweeping across the Dakotas and Nebraska killing many people and children who had left for school with inadequate clothing because the weather had been unusually mild that morning. In one city the temperature dropped 50 degrees in a matter of hours. A tragic story unfolds as the author follows several families before, during, and after the event.

I am actually surprised that given the conditions, more people didn't die.

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