4 thoughts on “Tragedies of American History

  1. I couldn’t put this down. It was sensationalistic and tugged at the heart strings, but I knew so little about these tragedies. I especially liked the chapter on The Cocoanut Grove fire. Wow. So glad we have fire codes now. The Chicago school fire was also horrifying to read about.

  2. There wasn’t a story in this book that wasn’t interesting. I could hardly put it down and couldn’t wait to see what the next story was about. So many of these I had never heard of, nearly all were from before my time which was quite refreshing cause I sure didn’t want to read about recent disasters that have saturated our news. This author not only has his facts down but wrote in such an easy going manner that I felt I knew many of these people, he added personal details to the people in each st

  3. While it was definitely an engaging read, the author chose to display one of my biggest pet peeves of nonfiction: when authors attribute thoughts to individuals that they have no way of verifying. In every story, the author chose to talk about what an individual who was seconds from death was thinking about. It drove me bonkers! Nevertheless, each story selected was fascinating, and I’ll certainly be looking for more information. Just hopefully not via undocumented daydreams from dead people.

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