Fire in the Grove: The Cocoanut Grove Tragedy and Its Aftermath

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Da Capo Press, 2005 - History - 254 pages
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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 Aftermath

User 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 Aftermath

User 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

Contents

Saturday Night November 28 1942
1
The Rehearsal
17
The Intimate Place
25
No Exit
41
The EightMinute Fire
59
Dont Panic
71
The Unalterable Laws
81
Its Not My Job
99
The Bright Side?
143
IndictmentsGeneral and Specific
159
Recklessness
171
Ex Post Facto
185
The Verdict
203
Reckonings
211
Fact or Fiction?
229
The 90Second Fire
235

Present at the Creation
117
The Man Who Wasnt There
127

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About the author (2005)

Attorney John C. Esposito was Chief Counsel to the New York State Consumer Protection Board for five years. He is currently in private practice in New York City.

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