Chicago Calamities

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Gayle Soucek

The story of Chicago is often likened to that of a phoenix rising out of the ashes of the Great Fire.

Yet that infamous event was only part of the destruction that has shaped Chicago’s identity.

Discover here the larger narrative of calamities that have befallen the Windy City, such as the 1954 killer water surge that swept in on a calm summer day, the 1967 tornado that ripped through rush hour traffic, the 1886 Haymarket Square riot that put Chicago on the anarchist map and many other acts of nature and human folly.

As you witness a fireproof theater burn, a flood rise up without rain and one of the greatest maritime disasters occur within city limits, encounter both unexpected tragedies and unlikely heroes.

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SpecificationsHistory Press, 2010
6" x 9" softcover
111 pages, B&W photos
ISBN: 978-1-60949-034-8