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Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm Of 1894 by [Daniel Brown]
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Illustrated with period pictures, this deft slice of regional history will attract disaster and weather buffs as well as fans of Norman Maclean’s standout Young Men and Fire”-- Publisher’s Weekly



…[a] worthy addition to this genre…a compelling read…
…the power of the stories and Brown’s imaginative skill retelling them [pulls] us in…” --
MN Star Tribune



Riveting, moving, white-knuckle reading to rank with classic accounts of the “perfect storm”, Krakatoa, and other storied calamities”-- Booklist --This text refers to the paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

On September 1, 1894, Hinckley, Minn.—a thriving town with a population of more than 1,200, two railroads, a successful lumber mill and five hotels—was ravaged by a firestorm that grew out of a catastrophic convergence of two ordinary fires, high winds, hot weather and white pine forest. Brown, a textbook writer, gives a human face to natural calamity as he draws on firsthand survivor stories, such as those of his grandfather, who at nine was rescued from the disaster that killed his father, a Norwegian immigrant. A wide range of characters evoke the reader's pity and respect in these well-researched and highly readable pages. A black porter selflessly saves white passengers on a train engulfed in flames; a quick-thinking clergyman plunges into a river with a stranger's baby in his arms; and a survivor is haunted by the death screams of 127 of his neighbors in a swamp. With its pine forests obliterated in the firestorm that claimed more than 436 lives, Hinckley became a specter of its former self. Illustrated with period pictures, this deft slice of regional history will attract disaster and weather buffs as well as fans of Norman Maclean's standout Young Men and Fire. (May)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN : B01DG1769W
  • Publisher : Lyons Press; Illustrated edition (February 1, 2016)
  • Publication date : February 1, 2016
  • Language : English
  • File size : 12163 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 275 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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