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Devastation on the Delaware third edition coverDevastation on the Delaware:
Stories and Images of the Deadly Flood of 1955

By Mary A. Shafer
Edited by Rebecca Valentine
Revised Third Edition

Historic narrative nonfiction
6 x 9 Softcover / 470 pages
126 historic photos, 32 maps, charts & diagrams
Informal Notes section, extensive bibliography, fully indexed
ISBN 978-09771329-6-6


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August 18-20, 1955: Three terrifying days and nights still remembered with awe in the Delaware River Valley. Record-breaking rainfall—almost two feet in some places—from twin hurricanes abruptly ended a withering drought, but the relief was short-lived. It was overshadowed by terror and destruction that tore away bridges and snatched people, still sleeping, from their beds in the middle of the night. The only book devoted solely to this record-setting flood on the Delaware River and many of its tributaries, this comprehensive documentary covers the most heavily affected areas on both sides of the river between Port Jervis, New York and Trenton, New Jersey. Author Mary A. Shafer interviewed more than a hundred survivors and eyewitnesses to bring the events to chilling life in this definitive account of a tragic weather disaster that changed life in the Delaware Valley forever. Learn more…

  • Finalist, Best History Title and Best Regional Nonfiction – 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards
  • WINNER: Notable Book, Reference category – 2006 Writers Notes Magazine Annual Book Awards
  • Finalist, U.S. History and Nature Writing categories – 2006 USABookNews Annual Awards competition