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The Circus Fire : A True Story
The Circus Fire A True Story
Author: Stewart O'Nan
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...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780385496841
ISBN-10: 0385496842
Publication Date: 6/20/2000
Pages: 384
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Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
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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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