Imperial Reckoning

Imperial Reckoning

The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya

Book - 2005
Average Rating:
Rate this:
1
A riveting account of a monster firestorm - the rarest kind of catastrophic fire - and the extraordinary people who survived its wrath.

On October 8, 1871 - the same night as the Great Chicago Fire - an even deadlier conflagration was sweeping through the lumber town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, 260 miles north of Chicago. The five-mile-wide wall of flames, borne on tornado-force winds of 100 miles per hour, tore across more than 2,400 square miles of land, obliterating Peshtigo in less than one hour and killing more than 2,000 people.

Firestorm at Peshtigo places the reader at the center of the blow-out. Through accounts of newspaper publishers Luther Noyes and Franklin Tilton, lumber baron Isaac Stephenson, parish priest Father Peter Pernin, and meteorologist Increase Lapham - the only person who understood the unusual and dangerous nature of this fire - Denise Gess and William Lutz re-create the story of the people, the politics, and the place behind this monumental natural disaster, delivering it from the lost annals of American history.

Drawn from survivors' letters, diaries, interviews, and local newspapers, Firestorm at Peshtigo tells the human story behind America's deadliest wildfire.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805067804
9780805076530
0805076530
Characteristics: xvi, 475 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment
k
KSerá
Aug 16, 2010

Idi Amin was trained by the British!

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at Library

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top