Fire in the Grove: The Cocoanut Grove Tragedy and Its Aftermath
Saturday night, November 28, 1942, Boston suffered its worst disaster ever. At the city's premier nightspot, the Cocoanut Grove, the largest nightclub fire in United States history took the lives of 492 people-nearly one of every two people on the premises. A flash of fire that started in an imitation palm tree rolled through the overcrowded club with breathtaking speed and in a mere eight minutes anyone left in the club was dead or doomed. The Grove was a classic firetrap, the product of greed and indifference on the part of the owners and the politicians who had knowingly allowed such conditions to exist. Against the backdrop of Boston politics, cronyism, and corruption, author John C. Esposito re-creates the drama of the fire and explores the public outcry that followed. In chronicling the horrific events of one of America's most cataclysmic tragedies, Esposito has fashioned both an incomparably gripping narrative and a vibrant portrait of the era. But it is the intense, detailed narrative of the fire-harrowing yet compulsively readable-and the trials that followed that will stay with readers well after they finish this remarkable book.
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Review: Fire in the Grove: The Cocoanut Grove Tragedy and Its AftermathUser Review - Dixie Diamond - Goodreads
I think this book is about as exhaustively researched as a book could be that is about an event that basically happened in the span of eight minutes. Well, obviously, there is a lot more before and ... Read full review
Review: Fire in the Grove: The Cocoanut Grove Tragedy and Its AftermathUser Review - Mark Goodwin - Goodreads
Easy to read, very interesting and full of drama - both the actual event and the subsequent investigation and trial. Read full review
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