Sarah sends us her review of The Hurricane of Independence, which she found thoughtful and impressive. We're reproducing it here in it's entirety:
The Hurricane of Independence: The Untold Story of the Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution by Tony Williams recalls a powerful storm that devastated the US Eastern seaboard and the Canadian Maritime provinces in September 1775.
Thoughtfully written, the prose is almost so gentle at times, it belies the severity of the weather on those fateful days. The book is well researched, and puts a human face on the force of this category of storm, only recently recalled in the devastation in the Gulf Coast with Hurricane Katrina and years earlier, in Florida with Hurricane Andrew. One can only imagine the pain and loss of the victims without the means of contemporary aid agencies (like FEMA).
Williams also writes about the religious implications of this event, as America was affected by the religious beliefs of the Pilgrim settlers in the area, less than 150 years earlier, many of whom were religious zealots, "men of destiny" promised America as their land of opportunity and freedom, the founding principles in the new United States of America. The storm, like the plagues visited upon enemies in the Old Testament, was viewed to show God's distaste of political upheaval and made many colonists wonder who should be punished - an oppressive master or the rebellious colonists?
Overall, The Hurricane of Independence is an impressive view of a little known event at the birth of the US.
• Thank you, Sarah!