Martin W. Sandler America's Great Disasters

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America's Great Disasters

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9780060291075: America's Great Disasters

For more than two centuries, Americans have proven themselves to be courageous and strong. These qualities are never more important than in the face of nature's destructive forces or the dangers brought about by the innovations of the industrial revolution. The San Francisco earthquake, which reduced much of the city to rubble; the sinking of the steamship Sultana, the worst American maritime disaster of all time; and the Johnston flood, which washed away an entire town, are only a few of the calamities to have befallen this country.

Through the use of photographs, engravings, and newspaper clippings that detail some of the worst disasters ever to confront this country, author Martin W. Sandler presents the American people at their best, standing firm in situations of great danger. In doing so, a fascinating picture emerges of a nation's bravery, resilience, and humor -- traits that continue to characterize Americans today.

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Martin W. Sandler is the author of many books, including The Story of American Photography, which was a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book. He has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize, and is one of America's most respected television producers, with five Emmy Awards to his credit. He is the author of five other Library of Congress Books: Pioneers, Cowboys, Immigrants, Presidents, and Civil War. Mr. Sandler and his wife, Carol, live in Massachusetts.

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Grade 5-7-Dramatic material, archival photographs, and an accessible text combine to create an appealing title. The nine chapters cover calamities at sea, floods, droughts and dust, fire, hurricanes, blizzards, disease, earthquakes, and volcanoes. The short chapters are filled with interesting facts focusing on a particular event, but often with comparisons to others of a similar nature. Sandler includes such well-known disasters as the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, but also some that are less often covered, such as the explosion of the Sultana at the end of the Civil War. The chapter on the Blizzard of `88 adds some tidbits not found in Jim Murphy's award-winning Blizzard! (Scholastic, 2000). The chapters end with commentary on the influence these events had on safety laws, building codes, medical procedures, etc. The black-and-white photographs add authenticity and immediacy.
Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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