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Whether a force of nature or man-made tragedy, these disasters have impacted humanity.

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  Cover Art: Voices from Chernobyl Aleksievich, Svetlana.
Voices from Chernobyl
The people of Chernobyl talk about their lives before, during, and after the worst nuclear reactor accident in history which occurred on April 26, 1986 in Chernobyl.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Rising Tide: the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America Barry, John M.
Rising Tide: the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America
An account of the 1927 Mississippi River flood explores one of the greatest national disasters the United States has ever experienced and its consequences in a comprehensive volume that clearly shows how the flood changed the course of history.
1997
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Brinkley, Douglas
The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast
An eye-opening, deeply personal account of hurricane Katrina and the devastation it left in New Orleans and across the Gulf Coast documents the events and repercussions of the tragedy and its aftermath, the historical roots of the terrible storm, and the ongoing crisis confronting the region.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894 Brown, Daniel
Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894
Describes the devastating events of September 1894, when two forest fires converged on the town of Hinckley, Minnesota, and surrounding communities, trapping more than two thousand people when it engulfed the region, offering a dramatic re-creation of the catastrophe, which cost more than four hundred lives.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: No Apparent Danger: The True Story of Volcanic Disaster at Galeras and Nevado Del Ruiz Bruce, Victoria
No Apparent Danger: The True Story of Volcanic Disaster at Galeras and Nevado Del Ruiz
The riveting true tale of rescue in the face of extreme natural disaster follows two geologists into the hot crater of a Columbian volcano to save several colleagues trapped by an eruption.
2001
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Great Hurricane: 1938 Burns, Cherie
The Great Hurricane: 1938
The author introduces readers to one of the worst natural disasters in the nation's history--the 1938 Hurricane that struck the coast of New England at 186 miles per hour causing devastation throughout the region--and the personal stories of survivors of the catastrophe.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 Drye, Willie
Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935
A gripping chronicle of the most powerful hurricane to ever hit the United States and its devastating aftermath details the fiercest storm of September 1935 from the perspectives of survivors of the storm, Federal Emergency Relief Administration employees, and government officials.
2002
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster Dyson, Michael Eric
Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster
Discusses how the federal government's failed relief efforts in New Orleans were dictated by issues of race and class, compounded by a lack of leadership and the manipulations of large business interests willing to profit from the disaster.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Big Burn : Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America Egan, Timothy
The Big Burn : Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America
On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno that jumped from treetop to ridge as it raged, destroying towns and timber in an eyeblink.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl Egan, Timothy
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Presents an oral history of the dust storms that devastated the Great Plains during the Depression, following several families and their communities in their struggle to persevere despite the devastation.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Fire in the Grove : the Cocoanut Grove Tragedy and Its Aftermath Esposito, John C., 1940-
Fire in the Grove : the Cocoanut Grove Tragedy and Its Aftermath
In Boston, 1942, the Cocoanut Grove was an elite nightclub decorated in a fantasy of tropical glamour. It was also a firetrap, a block-long labyrinth of bars and entertainment areas cobbled together with substandard materials in disregard of building codes or common sense.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: When the Mississippi Ran Backwards : Empire Intrigue Murder and the New Madrid Earthquakes Feldman, Jay
When the Mississippi Ran Backwards : Empire Intrigue Murder and the New Madrid Earthquakes
On December 15, 1811, two of Thomas Jefferson's nephews murdered a slave in cold blood and put his body parts into a roaring fire. The evidence would have been destroyed but for a rare act of God -- or, as some believed, of the Indian chief Tecumseh. That same day, the Mississippi River's first steamboat, piloted by Nicholas Roosevelt, powered itself toward New Orleans on its maiden voyage. The sky grew hazy and red, and jolts of electricity flashed in the air. A prophecy by Tecumseh was about to be fulfilled. He had warned reluctant warrior-tribes that he would stamp his feet and bring down their houses. Sure enough, between December 16, 1811, and late April 1812, a catastrophic series of earthquakes shook the Mississippi River Valley. Of the more than 2,000 tremors that rumbled across the land during this time, three would have measured nearly or greater than 8.0 on the not-yet-devised Richter Scale. Centered in what is now the bootheel region of Missouri, the New Madrid earthquakes were felt as far away as Canada; New York; New Orleans; Washington, D.C.; and the western part of the Missouri River. A million and a half square miles were affected as the earth's surface remained in a state of constant motion for nearly four months. Towns were destroyed, an eighteen-mile-long by five-mile-wide lake was created, and even the Mississippi River temporarily ran backwards. The quakes uncovered Jefferson's nephews' cruelty and changed the course of the War of 1812 as well as the future of the new republic
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: 33 Men : Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners Franklin, Jonathan, 1964-
33 Men : Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners
This is the account of the 2010 San Jose´ mine rescue in Chile, after one of the longest human entrapments in history. With his coveted "rescue pass," the author was permitted access far past the police perimeter. It would be seventeen long days before the miners were discovered alive and the world press descended. It would be another fifty-two days before the miners were all successfully rescued. For eight weeks, the author conducted interviews with families, rescue workers, the mine psychologist, drill operators, scientists, and the architects of the rescue operation. He reported from an improvised office on the mountainside that was the nerve center of the rescue operation, in a makeshift container. Far below, families and loved ones lived in a cluster of tents known as Camp Hope. While the men were still underground, the author interviewed them via a crude telephone; he helped send vital supplies to them via the "paloma" (pigeon). And when the first miners were rescued on October 13, he had the first media contact with the recently freed men in a series of interviews from inside the field hospital. The book reads like a thriller, toggling between the dramatic chaos belowground as the men realized that their escape routes were blocked and that their shelter held only enough rations for ten men to survive seventy-two hours; and the desperate rescue efforts aboveground, the massive campaign from the top level of the Chilean government to enlist and unite brilliant minds from around the world in the San Jose´ rescue effort. In never before revealed detail, the author tells a story of the improbable survival of the miners, trapped some 2,200 feet underground for sixty-nine days. He also chronicles what had to go right, an impossibly long list, to rescue them all alive. The death-defying rescue demanded endurance, ingenuity, and most of all, unified fronts above and below ground. To be sure, none of this came easily. Based on more than 110 interviews with the miners, their families, and the rescue team, this account combines an eye for detail and dialogue with the remarkable human interest story of these miners struggling to survive in a savage environment.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Gathering Wind : Hurricane Sandy the Sailing Ship Bounty and a Courageous Rescue at Sea Freeman, Gregory A.
The Gathering Wind : Hurricane Sandy the Sailing Ship Bounty and a Courageous Rescue at Sea
In October 2012, a replica of the famous HMS Bounty , an eighteenth-century tall sailing ship, was on a collision course with a storm that would become the largest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic;a clash that would prove dramatic, tragic, perplexing, and ultimately one of the most unforgettable stories of Superstorm Sandy.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Great Fire of London : in That Apocalyptic Year 1666 Hanson, Neil.
The Great Fire of London : in That Apocalyptic Year 1666
Examines the fire that devastated London in 1666 and offers theories on the origins of the blaze.
2002
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: When the Dancing Stopped : the Real Story of the Morro Castle Disaster and Its Deadly Wake Hicks, Brian, 1966-
When the Dancing Stopped : the Real Story of the Morro Castle Disaster and Its Deadly Wake
Documents the story of the luxury liner that burned off the coast of New Jersey in 1934, drawing on previously classified FBI reports and first-person survivor interviews to reveal how the Morro Castle's captain died under mysterious circumstances seven hours before the ship caught fire and how many of the crew abandoned ship, leaving passengers to fend for themselves.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: All Hell Broke Loose Hull, William H.
All Hell Broke Loose
Experiences of young people in Minnesota during the 1940 Armistice Day blizzard.
1985
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Too Far from Home : a Story of Life and Death in Space Jones, Chris, 1973-
Too Far from Home : a Story of Life and Death in Space
Describes how, in the wake of the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia, the three astronauts orbiting Earth in the International Space Station--Americans Donald Pettit and Kenneth Bowersox and Russian Nikolai Budarin--were forced to come up with a makeshift and risky way to get back home.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Exit Row : the True Story of an Emergency Volunteer a Miraculous Survivor and the Crash of Flight 965 Kling, Tammy L.
Exit Row : the True Story of an Emergency Volunteer a Miraculous Survivor and the Crash of Flight 965
"Exit Row" tells the story of what happens behind the scenes when an airplane crashes. It is the true, dramatic account of an Emergency Response Team's operations immediately following the crash of American Airlines flight 965, which left Miami with 155 passengers filled with Yuletide joy, six flight attendants and two pilots.
2002
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Hot Time in the Old Town : The Catastrophic Heat Wave That Devastated Gilded Age New York Kohn, Edward P.
Hot Time in the Old Town : The Catastrophic Heat Wave That Devastated Gilded Age New York
One of the worst natural disasters in American history, the 1896 New York heat wave killed almost 1,500 people in ten oppressively hot days. The heat coincided with a pitched presidential contest between William McKinley and the upstart Democrat William Jennings Bryan, who arrived in New York City at the height of the catastrophe.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
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