110. The White Cascade (Gary Krist)

Monday, January 03, 2011
I actually finished this book just before Christmas but never got around to writing up a review. Now, the book is back at the library. Rather than wrack my brain trying to write up a blurb about it, here is the synopsis from the website:

In February 1910 a monstrous blizzard stranded two trainloads of passengers high in the Cascade Mountains. An army of the Great Northern Railway's dedicated men worked round the clock to rescue the trains, which were perched precariously on the edge of a steep precipice near Wellington, Washington. The passengers waited for days as the drifts grew higher and food and coal dwindled. But as the storm raged on, efforts to escape proved futile. The passengers panicked. Then the unthinkable occurred: a colossal avalanche a half mile wide tumbled from the pinnacles, sweeping the trains and their sleeping passengers down the mountainside. Here is the tale of the deadliest avalanche and one of the worst rail disasters in U.S. history.

Definately recommended. A great real-life story that you won't want to put down.


William Rey Ong said...

I have this book also but I have no time to read it. But because you recommended it I will find time to read this for sure.


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