A Weekend in September
Texas History
5.75 x 8.5, 192 pp.
Pub Date: 07/01/1988
Price:        $13.95


Published by Texas A&M University Press

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A Weekend in September

By John Edward Weems

The hurricane that swept Galveston Island early in September, 1900, occupies a unique place in the reckoning of events of the Texas Gulf coast. Nearly a century after its passing, the storm remains the standard against which the ferocity and destructiveness of all others are measured. Twothirds of Galveston's buildings were washed away at a cost that was never fully calculated. More than 6,000 people were killed. And in the collective memory of a region where depredations by wind and water are accepted as part of life, the weekend of September 8, 1900, is the ultimate example of the terror and violence a hurricane can bring.

John Edward Weems's account of the Galveston hurricane was written more than six decades ago, when many of the survivors were still living and available for interviews. This book is based on numerous conversations and correspondence with these survivors as well as a careful examination of contemporary documents and news reports. In direct, economical prose Weems recreates that fateful weekend as experienced by those who actually were there. The result is a narrative that develops a pace and force as irresistible as the hurricane that inspired it, and a work that is a model of historical reportage.

John Edward Weems wrote several books on Texas and American history, including To Conquer a Peace: The War Between the United States and Mexico,and The Tornado, published by Texas A&M University Press

What Readers Are Saying:

"A Weekend in September, the definitive story of the incredible Galveston flood of September 1900” --WACO TRIBUNE HERALD

"Our continuing horror of and fascination with the storm which took 6,000 lives should win this fine book a new readership." --Judyth Rigler, Texas Books

"Still considered the definitive history of that storm . . . a book that is as exciting to read as an Arthur Hailey novel. It is an excellent piece of non-fiction that deals with the stuff of novels: man vs. nature." --Mike Cox

"The eighty-eighth anniversary of the 1900 Galveston hurricane which destroyed a city and left 6,000 dead is observed by the reprint of this classic account based on interviews of survivors. . . . "A Weekend in September" is popular history at its best." --Review of Texas Books

"Our continuing horror of and fascination with the storm which took 6,000 lives should win this fine book a new readership." --Texas Books in Review

"The definitive treatment of the great Galveston storm. But this is not dry history: the book, written in flawless prose, moves inexorably like a good novel." --Texas Review

“Weems has recreated with heart-stopping clarity the ravaging of a helpless community. . . But his greatest accomplishment is a beautiful encapsulation of the dire testing of the human spirit, its endurance of the insanity of a frenzied natural world and, finally its steady revitalization.” --Corpus Christi Caller-Times


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