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Book Title: Killer 'Cane: The Deadly Hurricane of 1928|
The author of the book: Robert Mykle
Edition: Taylor Trade Publishing
Date of issue: June 23rd 2006
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Reader ratings: 3.7
ISBN 13: 9781589792982
Format files: PDF
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Killer 'Cane takes place in the Florida Everglades, which was still a newly settled frontier in the 1920s. On the night of September 16, 1928, a hurricane swung up from Puerto Rico and collided, quite unexpectedly, with Palm Beach. The powerful winds from the storm burst a dike and sent a twenty-foot wall of water through three towns, killing over two thousand people, a third of the area's population. Robert Mykle shows how the residents of the Everglades had believed prematurely that they had tamed nature, how racial attitudes at the time compounded the disaster, and how in the aftermath the cleanup of rapidly decaying corpses was such a horrifying task that some workers went mad. Killer 'Cane is a vivid description of America's second-greatest natural disaster, coming between the financial disasters of the Florida real-estate bust and the onset of the Great Depression.
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Read information about the authorI’m a Boston boy, born and bred in Beantown. As a child of the much maligned 60s, I was pro-active in many of the news-making events of the day (Free Bobby Seal, the Chicago Seven, the March on Washington). For ten years I played bass guitar and sang for a rock 'n' roll band while playing solo on the folk coffeehouse circuit and can still do a good Dylan imitation.
After graduation from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, I headed for an extended tour of South America. I spelunked in Bolivia, fished in Patagonia, tromped through the jungles of the Amazon and Orinoco river basins and climbed the eighteen thousand foot Sierra Nevada de Cocuy in Colombia.
During one of many jungle trips through the Amazon and Orinoco River basins, he crossed paths with leftist guerillas who, fortunately, were too preoccupied to bother with a lost gringo.
I still I travel extensively and each year run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
Killer 'Cane: The Deadly Hurricane of 1928, my first non-fiction book, was the recipient of the Florida Historical Library Foundation, 2003 Carolynn Washbon Book Award and the Florida Writers' Association Royal Palm Literary Award for nonfiction, 2002.
I currently live in Florida.
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