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1871: Rivers on Fire by [Paul Buchheit]

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An inherently absorbing, deftly crafted, and impressively original novel, "1871: Rivers on Fire" is one of those books that will linger in the mind and memory long after it has been finished and set back upon the shelf.
--Midwest Book Review

The author manifests his ability to skillfully weave many aspects of life and perspective into the book. There are keen observations about class and ethnic prejudices and exclusions...Love, hope, work, and the forces of nature are entwined throughout, as is the ability to experience destruction at the most visceral level. Ultimately, societies recover from catastrophes, learn and change somewhat, and, ultimately, adapt in order to survive. The author deftly shows that thought, love, and care are a part of that adaptation.
--RECOMMENDED by the US Review engaging, heartwarming and well-researched story of evolution: that of science, relationships, a people, and a's Robert and Liz's relationship and the events around the fire that shine. There is a tenderness, and a depth of connection so rare that it's impossible to not feel for them...Liz travels to Peshtigo to look for him. This is, perhaps, the most poignant part of the book, where emotion, rather than observation, begin driving the plot. These pages portray a heart-wrenching picture of the terrible landscape of loss and grief left behind after the fire.

Danger, adventure, romance, and sweeping social commentary are all part of the dramatic meld in the novel 1871: Rivers on Fire by progressive author and thinker Paul Buchheit...One fascinating element of Buchheit's highly complex tapestry is the injection of real people, such as Dr. Bain, into the mix...What readers will find in Buchheit's elaborately conceived, assiduously researched work are enticing clues to follow regarding our American heritage - both the hidden agenda of racial and social inequality that has marred it, and the courage of those who spoke, and continue to speak and act, against injustice.
--Self-Publishing Review

This author has conscientiously crafted characters that you will care about, and a compelling plot that is grounded in fact. The descriptions are visceral...a powerful trip back in time to two fiery events and their place in history.........There were many times my jaw literally dropped from the impact of the accounts I was reading.
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--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Paul Buchheit is an author of books, essays, and journal articles. His primary post-doctoral research focus was cognitive science, especially theories of language development. His expertise overlaps and integrates technology, neurobiology, and the social sciences, thus providing him with a unique insight into humanitarian issues. He was named one of the 300 Living Peace and Justice Leaders by the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08KTLLDV5
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 6, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2421 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 369 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ B08KH3TL2K
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 10 ratings

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Paul Buchheit is both a published author (“Disposable Americans,” Routledge 2017) and an accomplished and well-known progressive journalist and writer. A staunch advocate for progressive social change for years, some of the many publications* in which his work has appeared include: Alternet, Common Dreams, Naked Capitalism, Nation of Change, OpEd News, Salon, and Truthout.

Most notably, Paul was named one of the 300 Living Peace and Justice Leaders by the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development.

Paul’s doctorate is in Computer Science (University of IL, 1991). He was a full-time professor for Chicago City Colleges, and part-time for the Master’s Program at Northwestern University.

For several years, post-doctorate, his primary research interest was cognitive science and theories of language development, for which he published numerous academic papers.

His areas of expertise in social science include a guaranteed basic income, capitalism, computer science, poverty, and inequality. He created and taught a course in Economic Inequality at DePaul University.

Paul’s career endeavors include volunteer work with Chicago’s homeless population. He is a strong advocate for social and economic justice.

Paul's essays, videos, and poems can be found at

To correspond with the Paul, send email to

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4.0 out of 5 stars Two flames, two fires, and plenty of kindling to satisfy
By Leslie M Sheridan on October 17, 2020
This is an unusual book in that though fictional, it reads like non-fiction. Readers are transported into a 19th-century world through people and events that remain relevant today. Its readers get tangible thrills and hardships in Chicago, the nation's fastest-growing city at the time.

Though its events predate the fiery holocausts in Chicago and the upper Midwest, a different kind of fire lurks. The narrative of the blazes is visceral, expertly delivering the fear which comes before a first-hand encounter with fire. The aftermath: a startling, but inevitable conclusion.

Herein lies the tale of two flames, two fires, and plenty of kindling to satisfy.
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