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The acclaimed author of A Prayer for the Dying brings all his narrative gifts to bear on this gripping account of tragedy and heroism-the great Hartford circus fire of 1944.
Halfway through a midsummer afternoon performance, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus's big top caught fire. The tent had been waterproofed with a mixture of paraffin and gasoline; in seconds it was burning out of control, and more than 8,000 people were trapped inside. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, O'Nan skillfully re-creates the horrific events and illuminates the psychological oddities of human behavior under stress: the mad scramble for the exits; the hero who tossed dozens of children to safety before being trampled to death.
Brilliantly constructed and exceptionally moving, The Circus Fire is history at its most compelling.
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
Title: The Circus Fire: A True Story
Categories: State & Local,
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Doubleday: 2000-06-20
ISBN Number: 0385496842
ISBN Number 13: 9780385496841
Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Item: 24.00 Item
Seller ID: 018823
Description: *** 1st Ed. Hardcover in Very Good +/Very Good condition. Binding tight, pages clean. No previous owner names. ***