The Greatest Disaster Stories Ever Told: Seventeen Harrowing Tales

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Although the term "greatest disaster stories" sounds like a front-rank qualifier for an oxymoron, the title aptly describes the intent of this anthology: to bring together in a single volume the most interesting, readable, and compassionate accounts of events so catastrophic they will never be forgotten.

In the disaster accounts presented here, the events described run the gamut from shipwrecks to industrial catastrophe. There are plane crashes, floods, volcanic eruptions, ...

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Overview

Although the term "greatest disaster stories" sounds like a front-rank qualifier for an oxymoron, the title aptly describes the intent of this anthology: to bring together in a single volume the most interesting, readable, and compassionate accounts of events so catastrophic they will never be forgotten.

In the disaster accounts presented here, the events described run the gamut from shipwrecks to industrial catastrophe. There are plane crashes, floods, volcanic eruptions, storms, and raging fires. And, of course, the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001 are covered in heart-wrenching detail.

This book contains true accounts of such monumental disasters as:

The 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York; the sinkings of the Titanic and the Lusitania; the Johnstown, Pennsylvania flood; the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens; the destruction of Galveston, Texas by the deadliest hurricane in American history; the B-25 bomber crash into the Empire State Building; the sinking of the USS Indianapolis; the runway collision between Pan Am and KLM 747s that resulted in 578 deaths; the 1996 explosion of TWA Flight 800; the Bhopal, India toxic chemical leak, which claimed 2,500 lives; the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy; the Hartford Circus fire; the Chicago Orphanage fire; the New York Triangle fire; and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592280858
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Series: Greatest
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

LAMAR UNDERWOOD is the former editor-in-chief of Sports Afield and Outdoor Life, and the author of the novel On Dangerous Ground. He is also the editor of The Greatest Survival Stories Ever Told (page TK), The Greatest Adventure Stories Ever Told (page TK), The Greatest War Stories Ever Told (page TK), and several other books. Presently he serves as the editorial director of the Outdoor Magazine Group of Harris Publications in New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Part 1 Terrorist Attacks: Evil At Its Ultimate
9/11: Tower One 3
9/11: The 102 Minutes 13
Part 2 The Crucible of Fire: Tragedy, Escape, and Remembrance
To Sleep With the Angels: The Story of a Fire 37
The Circus Fire 75
The Triangle Fire 99
Part 3 Natural Causes: When Time and Luck Run Out
Mount St. Helens 131
Issac's Storm 145
The Johnstown Flood 175
Part 4 Disaster at Sea: Victims, Heroes, and Doomed Voyages
The Night Lives On 197
The Last Voyage of the Lusitania 215
Abandon Ship! The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis 241
Part 5 The Hand of Man: Of Failure and Catastrophe
A Killing Wind: Inside Union Carbide and the Bhopal Catastrophe 267
Challenger: The Final Voyage 287
Part 6 Flights that Failed: Aviation's Darkest Hours
The Sky Is Falling 309
The Last Nine Minutes: The Story of Flight 981 345
Aviation's Greatest Disaster 365
Deadly Departure 377
About the Editor 399
Permissions Acknowledgments 401
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