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It is often said that history repeats itself as farce; events of this year have proven that it can also repeat itself as tragedy. One hundred years after fire in Chicago's Iroquois Theatre killed 602 people in a matter of minutes, we have seen massive loss of life at nightspots in Chicago and West Warwick, Rhode Island. The Iroquois, of course, remains the worst theater fire in American history. Hatch grew up in Chicago, and his father, a fire-insurance executive, owned a book published in 1904 to raise money for families of the victims. The pictures and testimonies in that book began Hatch's deep interest in the fire. His riveting and often infuriating narrative is an indictment of the hubris and negligence of the owners and city officials. Hatch, a former writer and reporter for CBS News, utilizes interviews and correspondence with survivors of the fire, which lends a special poignancy to the story. This is a painful but superbly written work about a wholly unnecessary tragedy. Jay Freeman
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Very well written account of the tragedy. Worth reading and reflecting on one's safety in a theatre today and remembering to look for the best & not necessarily the way one came... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Romy60
I was born in Chicago and have lived here for all but 2 years of my life. I had heard about the Iroquois Theater disaster but felt it was time to find out why it happened in the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathy Slupik
Great book that helped create new fire safety measures for the 20th century.Published 2 months ago by Dorothy Goyer
Excellent presentation of facts and forgotten history presented in novel form.Published 3 months ago by Rodney J. Williams
Lot's of info on the fire in Chicago. How it started, how it spread, and the nightmare of the matinee audience that could not get out of a burning theater. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great written documentary of one of the biggest American fires. Well-detailed and researched. A good read.Published 6 months ago by John E. Palmer
It was the end of 1903, and many people were looking for entertainment for themselves and their out-of-school children. Read morePublished 6 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson