Akin, M.A., Ph.D.
Pub Date: Fall
book by a survivor to tell the story of the worst tornado in history, the Tri-State
Tornado of 1925. The author himself, 2 years old, was picked up in
his house and carried through the air, landing on top of two other
houses. Based on an article in American Heritage.
(see below for Full Description)
When Wallace Akin was 2 years old, the worst
tornado in history picked up his house (with him and his mother inside)
and carried them off. After being airborne for some time, they landed on
top of two other houses. Miraculously, they were both unharmed. Others
were not so lucky.
Great Tri-State Tornado of 1925 was the worst tornado in history to
strike America, sweeping through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana,
injuring 2,000 and killing 695. Although now largely forgotten, it set
standards against which we still measure all others.
FORGOTTEN STORM will be the first book by a survivor to tell its story. It is an
amazing, bizarre story, as much a story of time and place as it is of
the disaster. The region spent years recovering and rebuilding from the
storm only to be decimated by the 1929 stock market crash—a blow from
which it would never recover. As if this were not enough, 30 years later
another storm would blow through on the exact same path, decimating the
same towns once again. The probability of this happening is 1 in 1,518.
Akin is the ideal author to tell the story. Not only is he a survivor,
he is also a geographer specializing in climatology—mainly as a result
of this storm. For him, THE FORGOTTEN STORM is a personal as well as
professional endeavor. The fact that American Heritage already
chose to highlight his story to millions of readers hints at the wide
readership this book will receive.
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