Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane that Transformed New England by Stephen Long, co-founder of Northern Woodlands. Paperback; 272 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
The hurricane that pummeled the northeastern United States on September 21, 1938, was New England’s most damaging weather event ever. To call it “New England’s Katrina” might be to understate its power. Without warning, the storm plowed into Long Island and New England, killing hundreds of people and destroying roads, bridges, dams, and buildings that stood in its path. Not yet spent, the hurricane then raced inland, maintaining high winds into Vermont and New Hampshire and uprooting millions of acres of forest. This book is the first to investigate how the hurricane of ’38 transformed New England, bringing about social and ecological changes that can still be observed these many decades later.
“A must-read for anyone interested in forest succession, weather patterns, and the history of New England.”—Bernd Heinrich, author of The Trees in My Forest
“I could not imagine a more appropriate, indeed precedent-setting integration of science and regional history. The ‘38 hurricane is truly a touchstone in New England history and this is the first book to do it justice.”—Charlie Cogbill, author of The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods
“Thirty-Eight is New England’s greatest missing story, because this massive hurricane transformed landscapes, lives, and minds and continues to reverberate through the region today.”—David Foster, author of Hemlock: Forest Giant on the Edge