Book Reviews of The Circus Fire : A True Story of an American Tragedy

The Circus Fire : A True Story of an American Tragedy
The Circus Fire A True Story of an American Tragedy
Author: Stewart O'Nan
ISBN-13: 9780385496858
ISBN-10: 0385496850
Publication Date: 6/12/2001
Pages: 384
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is about the Ringling Bros/Barnum&Bailey fire in Hartford in 1944, in which the Big Top caught fire and 167 people died. I usually love Stewart O'Nan, but I confess that I found this one a wee bit dry.

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"Stewart O'Nan [author of A Prayer For the Dying] brings all his narrative gifts to bear on this gripping account... Brilliantly constructed and exceptionally moving, The Circus Fire is history at its most compelling."
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a very good account of the tragic circus fire that happened in Hartford, CT in 1944. There were heroes, cowards, and many victims. This book is very interesting.
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Wow. This is an amazing book. I had heard of the Hartford Circus Fire tragedy, but had no previous inkling of the real magnitude of this tragedy. O'Nan's account is a fascinating and heartbreaking tale, that had me riveted throughout. My husband also enjoyed this book and we have lent it out to various friends. Very highly recommended from our perspective.
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Helpful Score: 1
A sad but intriguing bit of circus horror-show turned into real-life history. In Hartford, Connecticut in 1944 the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus played before a show of nearly 10,000 souls. In 1944 the circus tents were not required to be fireproofed and as a result, 167 people died in a sudden conflagration. A very interesting read with lots of anecdotes, diagrams, and photographs.
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Stewart O'Nan has done a lot of intense research to write this book. I am from the area, just not old enough to have experienced it. There has always been a need to find out who "Little Miss 1565" was. Not that I will give this away! Extremely well-written, extremely unbiased and so interesting.