America's Great Disasters

Harper Collins, 2003 - 96 pages

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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Avis d'utilisateur  - Kirkus

A compendium of disasters tilts toward the sensational but does exert a certain ghoulish fascination. Chapter headings announce their particular brand of disaster, followed by subtitles that seem ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Avis d'utilisateur  - MSblast - LibraryThing

Fascinating book about America's most famous disasters. Includes the Sultana Explosion, the Johnstown Flood, the Dust Bowl, The Wisconsin Forest Fire, The Galveston Hurricane, the New York Blizzard of ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Martin W. Sandler is the author of Lincoln Through the Lens and The Dust Bowl Through the Lens. He has won five Emmy Awards for his writing for television and is the author of more than sixty books, two of which have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Among Sandler's other books are the six volumes in his award-winning Library of Congress American History Series for Young People, a series which has sold more than 500,000 copies. Other books by Mr. Sandler include: Island of Hope: The Story of Ellis Island, Trapped in Ice, The Story of American Photography, The Vaqueros, America: A Celebration, and This Was America. Martin Sandler has taught American history and American studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at Smith College. In 2014 his title, Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

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