Chicago Calamities: Disaster in the Windy City

Chicago Calamities: Disaster in the Windy City

by Gayle Soucek


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609490348
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 12/07/2010
Pages: 112
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 Gayle is a lifelong Chicagoan and Blackhawks hockey fan.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

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

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Chicago Calamities: Disaster in the Windy City 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Meggle on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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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FxGentleman More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!