Willie Drye
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Willie Drye

Award-winning author and journalist Willie Drye's latest book, For Sale-American Paradise: How Our Nation Was Sold An Impossible Dream In Florida, won a 2016 IPPY Award Silver Medal for Best Nonfiction, Southeast Region. He also won the 2007 Charlie Award for Best Public Service Coverage from the Florida Magazine Association. Drye is a contributing editor for National Geographic News and has written about hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis and dozens of other topics. His stories about Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike set page-view records at NG News. His work also has been published in the Washington Post, Toronto Globe and Mail, and other regional and national publications. Drye's first book, Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, was praised by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and others, and is regarded by many meteorologists as the definitive book about this tragic and fascinating event. The book was made into a documentary film by the History Channel titled "Nature's Fury: Storm of the Century." Drye served in the US Army Medical Corps, earned an Honorable Discharge, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in North Carolina, where he divides his time between Plymouth and Wilmington.
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