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…[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.
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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
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- Print length : 275 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #279,599 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was born in 1951 in MN and raised there. My family is from the Moose Lake area where there was another, larger fire in 1918. The Hinckley fire of 1894 and that fire were the two disasters that finally prompted MN to pass forestry regulations with teeth in them. Sadly, much of the soil in that east central part of the state had been destroyed by that time. To this day the native rocky soil will support shallow root crops like alfalfa but the white pine forests will never come back because the atomic bomb level of heat has sterilized the earth that took thousands of years to develop.
If you can imagine living in that part of the country where they only sounds were nature and steam powered machine sounds. One hot late summer day the first indication you get of danger is a sound like Niagra falls. It's almost impossible to image the scale of this type of heat but the book brings it to life. If you are prone to nightmares you might want to be careful with this book. All true.
These small towns, with no way to communicate with each other, no experience in dealing with a disastrous fire of the size it became, and the heroism shown by a few that risked their lives is heartstopping.
I was mostly shocked by the chapter that deals with the train the engineer roared through the fire, attempting to get people out of their burning towns to uncertain safety. Even though he took a risk in stopping the train in each small town, and the entire train was partly on fire, with all the passengers screaming and imploring people to get on and save their own lives, ALL of the townspeople in each place they halted, only stared at them and refused to board!! I found myself almost pulling my hair out!! Every single one of those people that decided not to board the train burned alive in a conflagration too nightmarish to think about. The description of people and how they deal with something that seems completely impossible is so important i think everyone should read it. Even though it happened at the same time as the great Chicago Fire, the subject is still completely relevant today, and the reactions of the average person to a fire is much the same in modern times. During the great Bradford Stadium fire in England, many people died because they would not react to a scorching explosion of flames right under their feet!!!