The Great Fire

The Great Fire

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By (author) Jim Murphy, Read by Taylor Mali

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  • Publisher: Findaway World
  • Format: Mixed media product
  • Dimensions: 117mm x 198mm x 30mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2008
  • ISBN 10: 1605148075
  • ISBN 13: 9781605148076
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged

Product description

For more than a century, poor Mrs. O'Leary and her cow have shouldered the blame for Chicago's infamous Great Fire of 1871. Now Murphy lays bare the facts concerning one of the biggest disasters in American history, in the process exculpating the maligned bovine and her owner. Murphy demonstrates that the fire could have been contained: he unfolds a tale of botched communication, class discrimination and plain old bad luck. Strategically quoting the written accounts of witnesses -- who include a 12-year-old girl and a newspaper editor -- Murphy both charts the 31-hour spread of the fire and conveys the atmosphere in the streets.

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