The story of Chicago is often likened to that of a phoenix rising out of the ashes of the Great Fire. Yet that infamous event was only part of the destruction that has shaped Chicago's identity. Discover here the larger narrative of calamities that have befallen the Windy City, such as the 1954 killer water surge that swept in on a calm summer day, the 1967 tornado that ripped through rush hour traffic, the 1886 Haymarket Square riot that put Chicago on the anarchist map and many other acts of nature and human folly. As you witness a fireproof theater burn, a flood rise up without rain and one of the greatest maritime disasters occur within city limits, encounter both unexpected tragedies and unlikely heroes.
|Publisher:||History Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)|
About the Author
Gayle Soucek is an author and freelance editor, with several books and numerous magazine articles to her credit, including Marshall Field's: The Store that Helped Build Chicago, published by The History Press. She once served as managing editor for the Chicago art and entertainment biweekly Nightmoves and is a current contributing writer for www.webvet.com. Gayle is a lifelong Chicagoan and Blackhawks hockey fan.
Table of Contents
Part I Flames of Hell
The Great Chicago Fire 11
The Iroquois Theater Fire 22
The Our Lady of the Angels School Fire 30
Part II Depths of Disaster
The Great Chicago Flood of 1992 39
The Tragedy of the SS Eastland 45
The Sinking of the Lady Elgin 54
Part III Planes, Trains and Automobiles
American Airlines Flight 191 63
The 1972 Illinois Central Train Crash 70
The 1977 Loop El Crash 74
Part IV The Wrath of God
The 1954 Chicago Seiche 81
The 1967 Tornadoes 86
Part V Riots and Anarchy
The 1968 Democratic National Convention 93
The Haymarket Square Riot 99
The E2 Nightclub Stampede 105
About the Author 111
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Chicago Calamities is a quick book to read. It recounts some of the most infamous disasters of the windy city such as the Great Fire and the Haymarket Square riots but also some that are much less known like the 1954 killer water surge. Each disaster has its own short chapter and pictures. Overall, it's a good jumping off point in finding topics to read further on.
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I enjoyed reading the book and found it fascinating. Some of the stories I was already familiar with from other sources. My main issue was how short the book was, especially in that it skipped over several Chicago accidents I knew about. However, the writer chose to include stories about the Haymarket and the 1968 DNP Convention riots, which technically I did not feel were calamities, although bad events in and of themself. So, overall the book is okay for those wanting a brief introduction to Chicago area disasters. But in my opinion, I think the writer needs to publish an expanded version of the book which is more comprehensive in its coverage of the subject.
If you love Door County, you will love this book. Still not convinced of ghosts, but the history was so interesting about my most favorite place in the world. I was looking for information about a very old large home on the waters of Little Sturgeon. It was the one of two times I ever sensed something was not right. However, I haven't found anything about this house. I am guessing I had an overactive imagination. I am now a resident in Washington state. The only other time, I sensed a presence following me after visiting an open house in the city where I now live. That time I asked whatever it was to please leave me alone, because they were scaring me. I immediately felt like I was once again alone. I did later find out that home was reported to be haunted. Enjoyed this book very much!