. . . above left, shown with treasure hunter John Green off Fort Pierce, Florida in 1994, is the 2007 winner of The Charlie Award for Public Service, presented by the Florida Magazine Association. He also is the author of Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, published by National Geographic. He appears in the History Channel documentary "Nature's Fury: Storm of the Century."
Drye is a contributing editor for National Geographic News. His work has been published in the Washington Post, Toronto Globe and Mail, New York Times News Service, and other national publications.
Drye served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and earned a degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his wife live in Plymouth, North Carolina. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 tells the story of the most powerful hurricane to make landfall in the U.S.
The hurricane, with winds probably gusting to at least 200 mph and a storm surge probably exceeding 18 feet, came ashore in the Florida Keys on Sept. 2, 1935.
The vicious storm killed about 260 World War I veterans who building a New Deal highway from Miami to Key West and living in flimsy beachfront work camps in the islands. Camp supervisors waited until too late to try to evacuate the men, and a train sent to move them off the islands was blown off the tracks at Islamorada, Fla.
Storm of the Century was praised by Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, the Boston Herald, and other reviewers across the U.S. The book also was the basis for a History Channel documentary that premiered Oct. 1, 2006.
Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 is available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and other outlets.