The Greatest Disaster Stories Ever Told: Seventeen Harrowing Tales

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9781592280858: The Greatest Disaster Stories Ever Told: Seventeen Harrowing Tales

Although the term "greatest disaster stories" sounds like a front-rank qualifier for an oxymoron, the title aptly describes the intent of this anthology: to bring together in a single volume the most interesting, readable, and compassionate accounts of events so catastrophic they will never be forgotten.

In the disaster accounts presented here, the events described run the gamut from shipwrecks to industrial catastrophe. There are plane crashes, floods, volcanic eruptions, storms, and raging fires. And, of course, the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001 are covered in heart-wrenching detail.

This book contains true accounts of such monumental disasters as:

The 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York; the sinkings of the Titanic and the Lusitania; the Johnstown, Pennsylvania flood; the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens; the destruction of Galveston, Texas by the deadliest hurricane in American history; the B-25 bomber crash into the Empire State Building; the sinking of the USS Indianapolis; the runway collision between Pan Am and KLM 747s that resulted in 578 deaths; the 1996 explosion of TWA Flight 800; the Bhopal, India toxic chemical leak, which claimed 2,500 lives; the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy; the Hartford Circus fire; the Chicago Orphanage fire; the New York Triangle fire; and more.

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This anthology brings together in a single volume the most interesting, readable, and compassionate accounts of events so catastrophic they will never be forgotten.
The disasters described between these covers run the gamut from shipwrecks to industrial catastrophes. There are plane crashes, floods, volcanic eruptions, storms, and raging fires. And of course, the 9/11 terrorist attacks are covered in heart-wrenching detail.
This book contains true accounts of such monumental disasters as: the sinkings of the Titanic and the Lusitania; the Johnstown, Pennsylvania flood; the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens; the destruction of Galveston, Texas by the deadliest hurricane in American history; the B-25 bomber crash into the Empire State Building; the sinking of the USS Indianapolis; the runway collision between Pan Am and KLM 747s that resulted in 578 deaths; the 1996 explosion of TWA Flight 800; the Bhopal, India toxic chemical leak, which claimed 2,500 lives; the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy; and more.

About the Author:

LAMAR UNDERWOOD is the former editor-in-chief of Sports Afield and Outdoor Life, and the author of the novel On Dangerous Ground. He is also the editor of The Greatest Survival Stories Ever Told (page TK), The Greatest Adventure Stories Ever Told (page TK), The Greatest War Stories Ever Told (page TK), and several other books. Presently he serves as the editorial director of the Outdoor Magazine Group of Harris Publications in New York.

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