Children's LiteratureIn May of 1937 the mighty dirigible the Hindenburg was approaching its landing place in New Jersey. Suddenly the huge dirigible burst into flames. In slightly more than thirty seconds this aircraft that was just seventy-eight feet shorter than the Titanic crashed to the ground and was totally consumed by flames. Thirty-six people died in a disaster that shocked not only the many observers on the scene but also people all over the world. How could such a terrible thing happen? This question, as well as the story of this once mighty dirigible is well told in this illustrated book. While there still is no definitive answer as to why this disaster occurred what can be said is that the flames that consumed the Hindenburg were the death knell for the commercial Zeppelin business. As Marc Tyler Nobleman points out in this well-researched and carefully-written book, the destruction of the Hindenburg was enough to discourage anyone from wanting to cross the Atlantic on a dirigible. In this book readers will learn about the mechanics of Zeppelins, their structure, this terrible disaster, and how contemporary media covered it. This is a fascinating story and one that the author does justice to. 2006, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 to 10.
Greg M. Romaneck