World Disasters Keith Eastlake

ISBN: 9781579583187

Published: May 1st 2001

Hardcover

400 pages


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World Disasters  by  Keith Eastlake

World Disasters by Keith Eastlake
May 1st 2001 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 400 pages | ISBN: 9781579583187 | 7.70 Mb

This fascinating book looks at some of the most horrifying and noteworthy disasters that have occurred around the world from the dawn of the twentieth century to the present day. With vivid color photographs throughout, World Disasters examines more than 200 catastrophic events, ranging from accidents caused by human error to calamities brought about by earthquakes and other natural phenomena.Many of these tragedies involve transportation, including ocean liners, passenger trains, and jumbo jets.

Stories range from local rail collisions-in locations as diverse as Lebus, East Germany- Aamodt, Norway- and Rennert, North Carolina-to the accounts of vessels whose names alone have become synonymous with disaster, such as Hinesburg, Lusitania, and Titanic. Other recountings shed light on explosions, such as the methane blasts that killed 78 West Virginia miners in 1968- fires, like the one that felled Londons Crystal Palace in 1936- and bombings, including the World War II aerial campaign that left Dresden in ruins.Entries are arranged chronologically by decade and explain the background to each incident, the event itself, and the search for causes and culprits.

The volume also contains a wide-ranging introduction, a bibliography, and a comprehensive index.A concise, harrowing overview of the major catastrophes that have shaped our time, World Disasters is an important reference work for all public and school libraries.



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