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The Circus Fire : A True Story of an American Tragedy
The Circus Fire A True Story of an American Tragedy
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: 9780385496858
ISBN-10: 0385496850
Publication Date: 6/12/2001
Pages: 384
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Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
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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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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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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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