Darkest Hours

Darkest Hours

by Jay Robert Nash

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Overview

Here is Jay Robert Nash's exhaustive chronology of world disaster's—900 disasters, from sinking ships to famines treated in-depth, often accompanied by eye-witness accounts and illustrations. But Darkest Hour is no mere listing, no dry catalog of events. In hundreds of instances Nash's research led him behind the event itself to the intensely human story of reactions to catastrophe. He has put together fascinating accounts of incredible courage and heroism.
In the Anchorage, Alaska quake of 1964: “Dr. Perry Mead, Anchorage's only neurosurgeon, was operating on victims when he was told his twelve year-old son had attempted to rescue his baby brother and had been killed along with the baby. The valiant doctor, tears streaming down his face, continued his operation.” Nash has also recorded equally compelling tales of extreme cowardice, avarice and greed.
The descriptive accounts cover air crashes, mine disasters, storms, catastrophes at sea, train wrecks, and many others. In most cases, a prerequisite for inclusion in the general narrative was that the event must have taken the lives of twenty or more persons.
An invaluable reference tool for both specialists and the general public, Darkest Hours also makes intriguing reading in its own right.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590775264
Publisher: M. Evans & Company
Publication date: 05/18/1976
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 826
File size: 61 MB
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About the Author

Jay Robert Nash is the bestselling author of Bloodletters and Badmen, Hustlers and Con Men, and the Almanac of True Crime. He received a special Edgar Allen Poe award in 1991 for his Encyclopedia of World Crime. He lives in Wilmette, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1. General Narrative
Appendices
i. Major Air Crashes
ii. Major Avalanches and Landslides
iii. Major Earthquakes
iv. Major Fires and Explosions
v. Major Floods
vi. Major Marine Disasters
vii. Major Mine Disasters
viii. Miscellaneous Disasters
ix. Major Plagues, Epidemics, Famines, and Droughts
x. Major Railway Wrecks
xi. Major Storms
xii. Major Volcanic Eruptions
xiii. Notable Wartime Sinkings
xiv. World's War Dead
Bibliography
Index

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Darkest Hours 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
debherter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
THE book on disasters. Some of the narratives are brief, but others go into a good amount of depth. The human element is always foremost in these stories. If you want to learn about disasters, start here. (If you can find it--it is out of print, unfortunately.) - Updated info: Several copies are available at Abebooks at a very low price. Go for it!
jentifer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I cannot say enough about this book. We picked it up in a used bookstore in Eureka a few weeks ago. It's the best coffee table book ever written: gruesome and engrossing accounts of major disasters! Photos! It's even cross indexed by type of disaster and geological location. Too bad it only covers up to the mid-80s/its publication date. If I were an author I would hunt this down immediately - it contains the making of 192 great novels.