Caught In The Path, A Tornado's Fury, A Community's Rebirth

Caught In The Path A Tornado s Fury A Community s Rebirth Before storm sirens before the Weather Channel before Doppler Radar a tornado dropped out of a troubled May sky and twisted its way into our lives forever On the evening of May three commun

  • Title: Caught In The Path, A Tornado's Fury, A Community's Rebirth
  • Author: Carolynglenn Brewer
  • ISBN: 9780965577403
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback
  • Before storm sirens, before the Weather Channel, before Doppler Radar, a tornado dropped out of a troubled May sky and twisted its way into our lives forever On the evening of May 20,1957 three communities south of Kansas City, Missouri were destroyed by a seventy one mile, F 5 twister This monstrous storm left in its path five hundred injured, forty four dead and overBefore storm sirens, before the Weather Channel, before Doppler Radar, a tornado dropped out of a troubled May sky and twisted its way into our lives forever On the evening of May 20,1957 three communities south of Kansas City, Missouri were destroyed by a seventy one mile, F 5 twister This monstrous storm left in its path five hundred injured, forty four dead and over a million dollars worth of property damage Nothing defines a community than its reaction to disaster Caught In The Path is a story of fear and courage, suffering and resiliency The hardest hit area, four year old Ruskin Heights, was the first post war tract housing development in the Kansas City area Like so many of their generation, its residents, mostly first time home buyers in their twenties and thirties, came to Ruskin to raise their baby boom families with the optimism of the fifties When the tornado scattered their dreams along its path, they came back, and changed a housing development into a community Author Carolyn Glenn Brewer s family was among those caught off guard by the tornado Most of the houses on her block were leveled to the foundation She combines her story with extensive interviews from nearly one hundred survivors and period media coverage The narrative flow of this book reads like fiction, but makes the tornado, and the summer that followed, pulse with reality.

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    1. This storm defined my childhood as the 57 Ruskin tornado blew through what would be the neighborhood I grew up in only a couple of years later. The eye-witness accounts captured here are from the older brothers and sisters and the parents of my classmates. As a result of this storm I spent my elementary years on constant storm alert. We had more tornado drills at school than spelling tests. Even years later, community members talked about where they were when the tornado came through. It was the [...]

    2. This book has been on my shelf for quite some time, and I've skimmed through it more than once, but the 60th anniversary of the storm prompted me to pick it up and read every word. On a warm and windy May evening in 1957 a tornado dropped from the sky near the small farming community of Williamsburg, KS. As it moved in its persistent path of destruction, it killed at least 6 people in 2 counties in Kansas before slamming into southwestern Jackson County, Missouri. Likely an F5 storm by today's s [...]

    3. I didn't love this one. There's no narrative. It's like reading 140, cut and paste, newspaper articles. There's no continuity between sections. There's no clarification about who the people in the stories are talking about. This one had the potential to be really good, but the author did nothing with all the information she painstakingly gathered. For me, it just needed more love to be shaped into a story, instead of being chopped into this mess.

    4. I read this for the first time as a kid. I had heard the tragic stories as a kid being passed back and forth from my parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents ( who moved to Ruskin Heights the year after the tornado.) I read this again a few months ago, and just could not put it down. A moving account by families and people who my mother grew up And sent to school with. I will have to say that this book did spark a weather fascination and obsession that I still have. Can't wait to read her second [...]

    5. An emotionally heart-wrenching and poignant account of the May 1957 Ruskin Heights tornado. If you're a storm fanatic as I am, this is one to read and remember that it's not just about the storm, but it's more about the human cost

    6. Very good account of the 1957 Ruskin Heights, MO tornado. Could've been a bit more narrative as opposed to jumping around amongst various recollections but that's only a minor distraction.

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