Blizzard!: The Storm that Changed America by Jim Murphy

March 10, 1888, a massive blizzard struck the East Coast between Maine and Maryland. Through the personal accounts of individual people (including a couple of kids) who are surprised to deal with the extremes of temperature and massive amounts of snow, the author focuses most on the New York City area.  With helpful photographs and background about how people shopped, worked, and got around, the storm’s danger is fascinating, especially the attempts at crossing the frozen East River by foot.

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