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Circus Fire : A True Story of an American Tragedy

Circus Fire : A True Story of an American Tragedy - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0385496858

Cover of Circus Fire : A True Story of an American Tragedy 00 (ISBN 978-0385496858)
ISBN13: 978-0385496858
ISBN10: 0385496850

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Anchor Press
Published: 2000
International: No

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Circus Fire : A True Story of an American Tragedy - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0385496858

Stewart O'Nan

ISBN13: 978-0385496858
ISBN10: 0385496850

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Anchor Press
Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

The acclaimed author of A Prayer for the Dying brings all his narrative gifts to bear on this gripping account of tragedy and heroism-the great Hartford circus fire of 1944.

Halfway through a midsummer afternoon performance, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus's big top caught fire. The tent had been waterproofed with a mixture of paraffin and gasoline; in seconds it was burning out of control, and more than 8,000 people were trapped inside. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, O'Nan skillfully re-creates the horrific events and illuminates the psychological oddities of human behavior under stress: the mad scramble for the exits; the hero who tossed dozens of children to safety before being trampled to death.

Brilliantly constructed and exceptionally moving, The Circus Fire is history at its most compelling.