City on Fire: The Forgotten Disaster That Devastated a Town and Ignited a Landmark Legal Battle

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First published in 2003, City on Fire is a gripping, intimate account of the explosions of two ships loaded with ammonium nitrate fertilizer that demolished Texas City, Texas, in April 1947, in one of the most catastrophic disasters in American history.

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"City on Fire, [is] Bill Minutaglio's 2003 narrative account of the April 16, 1947 Texas City explosion, one of the worst disasters in American history." - Bryan-College Station Eagle "The definitive work on that event" - KUT News "The disaster has had many stories written about it, but none of them have been told as in the thoughful and easy to read City on Fire...The Book does not treat the event as a news story, but as an account of human suffering, racial problems, industrial carelessness, legal tangles and responsibilities [...] thrilling and illuminating Reading for anyone interested in the event." - The Mexia News

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Book Description HarperCollins, 2003. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: On a day that dawned with brisk breezes, a clear sky, and perfect temperatures, the small town of Texas City suddenly found itself facing the greatest industrial disaster in the most industrialized nation on the planet. And, in time, the survivors of that all-American city found themselves wondering if their own government had delivered them into this hell on earth. In 1947, Texas City was experiencing boom times, bristling with chemical and oil plants, built to fuel Europe's seemingly endless appetite for the raw materials needed to rebuild its ruined cities. When an explosion ripped through its docks, the effect was cataclysmic. Thousands of people were wounded or killed, the fire department was decimated, planes were shot out of the sky, and massive ocean-bound freighters disintegrated. The blast knocked people to their knees in Galveston, ten miles away; broke windows in Houston, forty miles away; and rattled a seismograph in Denver, Colorado. Chaos reigned, the military was scrambled, the FBI launched investigations -- and ordinary citizens turned into heroes. For months on end, the brave residents of what had once been an average American town struggled to restore their families, their homes, their lives. And they also struggled to confront another welling nightmare-the possibility that the tragedy that almost erased their city from existence might have been caused by the very government they thought would protect them. City on Fire is a pai. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0060185414

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