The story of the hurricane that hit Galveston in 1900, considered the worst natural disaster in US history. This anatomy of disaster in an American town is based on survivors’ accounts and official records. It is told in a minute-by-minute description of how the customarily gentle sea breezes mounted to gales and then winds of unprecedented violence, causing the ocean to rise up and fall upon the beautiful and unsuspecting port city. Walls of water swept over some 1,500 acres. Nearly 4,000 homes were destroyed. Some estimates of loss of life ran as high as 8,000. The long bridge connecting Galveston with the mainland was washed away, leaving the ”Queen City” a derelict island harboring its dead.