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Historical disasters in which human error or failed technology played a large part.

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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: Comm Check...: The Final Flight of Shuttle Columbia Cabbage, Michael
Comm Check...: The Final Flight of Shuttle Columbia
An account of the destruction of the space shuttle Columbia draws on internal agency documents, interviews with key participants, and technical details to explain how and why the catastrophe occurred.
2004
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Fire in the Grove: The Cocoanut Grove Tragedy and Its Aftermath Esposito, John C.
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: 33 Men : Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners Franklin, Jonathan
33 Men : Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners
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 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
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: Too Far from Home: A Story of Life and Death in Space Jones, Chris
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: Curse of the Narrows MacDonald, Laura
Curse of the Narrows
Traces the 1917 disaster in Nova Scotia during which a collided and grounded ship exploded and devastated the city under circumstances that would later be studied for the making of the atomic bomb, in an account that also describes the subsequent relief mission and trial of the ship's captain.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: City On Fire: The Forgotten Disaster That Devastated a Town and Ignited a Landmark Legal Battle Minutaglio, Bill
City On Fire: The Forgotten Disaster That Devastated a Town and Ignited a Landmark Legal Battle
Recreates the ammonium nitrate explosion that occurred off the coast of Texas City, Texas in 1947 that took the lives of seven hundred people, and injured close to five thousand others, vividly detailing this small town's heroism and courage as they filed a momentous legal claim against the United States government.
2003
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Circus Fire: A True Story O'Nan, Stewart
The Circus Fire: A True Story
Chronicles the disastrous Hartford circus fire of 1944, a tragedy that claimed 167 lives and changed the history of the city
2000
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Deep Dark: Tragedy and Redemption in America's Richest Silver Mine Olsen, Gregg
The Deep Dark: Tragedy and Redemption in America's Richest Silver Mine
Recounts the deadly fire that devastated the Sunshine Mine in Kellogg, Idaho, in May 1972, a disaster that claimed more than ninety lives, and the dramatic rescue of two miners who survived more than a week underground.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald Schumacher, Michael
Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Thirty years following the most notorious shipwreck on America's inland waters, an in-depth account of the 1975 sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald during a storm on Lake Superior describes the causes of the disaster, which claimed the lives of the ship's twenty-nine-man crew, the search for the doomed vessel, and the investigation and controversy that followed.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald Stonehouse, Frederick
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
The S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, in the early evening of November 10, 1975, disappeared during a heavy snow storm on Lake Superior. Her captain and crew of 28 men are still listed as "missing."
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: By Permission of Heaven: The True Story of the Great Fire of London Tinniswood, Adrian
By Permission of Heaven: The True Story of the Great Fire of London
Draws on first-person testimonies and forensic records to document the events surrounding the 1666 Great Fire of London that destroyed more than 13,000 homes, numerous buildings, and St. Paul's Cathedral, in an account that considers the roles played by such figures as Charles II, Samuel Pepys, and Christopher Wren.
2004
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Triangle: The Fire That Changed America Von Drehle, Dave
Triangle: The Fire That Changed America
Describes the devastating 1911 fire that destroyed the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York's Greenwich Village, the deaths of 146 workers in the fire, the Jewish and Italian immigrants, mostly women, who made up the majority of the victims, and the implications of the catastrophe on twentieth-century politics and labor relations.
2003
Adult Nonfiction Book
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