"Novelist Denise Gess and historian William Lutz brilliantly restore the event to its rightful place in the forefront of American historical imagination." Chicago Sun-Times
On October 8, 1871the same night as the Great Chicago Firethe lumber town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, was struck with a five-mile-wide wall of flames, borne on tornado-force winds of one hundred miles per hour that tore across more than 2,400 square miles of land, obliterating the town in less than one hour and killing more than two thousand people.
At the center of the blowout were politically driven newsmen Luther Noyes and Franklin Tilton, money-seeking lumber baron Isaac Stephenson, parish priest Father Peter Pernin, and meteorologist Increase Lapham. In Firestorm at Peshtigo, Denise Gess and William Lutz vividly re-create the personal and political battles leading to this monumental natural disaster, and deliver it from the lost annals of American history.
|Publisher:||Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.41(w) x 8.33(h) x 0.84(d)|
About the Author
Denise Gess, author of two critically acclaimed novels, is the visiting assistant professor of fiction writing at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.
William Lutz is a professor of English at Rutgers University and the author of fifteen books, including the bestseller Doublespeak. They live in Philadelphia.
Table of Contents
|Part 1||False Prophets||3|
|Part 2||Eden Burns||63|
What People are Saying About This
Firestorm at Peshtigo captures the reader's imagination like a fine novel
and doesn't let go: The story is not only haunting but devastatingly true-- a
heartbreaking tale of memorable, real characters facing the challenge of
their lives, written in a clean, deft, and lyrical style. You do not just
read this book-- you experience the heat and fear, as if watching the fiery horizon sweep down over your own life. Masterfully done.
author of Secret Soldiers: The Story of World War II's Heroic Army of Deception
A vivid telling of the most spectacular epic in American wildfire. New
material and the best of the historical record make for an authoritative, fresh
account of an overlooked epic.
author of Fire on the Mountain
Finally an account has been written that accurately chronicles our
country's deadliest natural disaster. Not only does this long overdue book do justice to the victims of the Peshtigo fire, it closes what up to now had been a gaping void in the annals of American history.
author of Great Chicago Fires and To Sleep with the Angels: The Story of a Fire
A gripping, thought-provoking read. Gess and Lutz tell their terrifying
tale in forensic detail, setting the often heart-breaking stories of the
individuals and small communities engulfed by the firestorm against the
human cupidity and stupidity of a "natural" disaster that was at least
author of The Custom of the Sea and The Great Fire of London in that Apocalyptic Year 1666
This is history, accurate and well-researched. It's also story-telling,
rich and intricate. But it's also a fable for our time, a tragic metaphor of thoughtless greed and heedless growth and natural retribution.
author of The Chaneysville Incident
This is truly an exciting and marvelously told story of an incredible firestorm that swept through a lumber town in Wisconsin in 1871, the same night as the more famous Chicago fire. Thoroughly researched and written with attention to the many individuals who struggled to save their town, a reader is quickly caught up in this riveting story and until the final page is locked into discovering what happened next. In view of the horror that is engulfing Colorado today this book has a special relevance for our time.