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Although the term "greatest disaster stories" sounds like a front-rank qualifier for an oxymoron, the title aptly describes the intent of this anthology: to bring together in a single volume the most interesting, readable, and compassionate accounts of events so catastrophic they will never be forgotten.

In the disaster accounts presented here, the events described run the gamut from shipwrecks to industrial catastrophe. There are plane crashes, floods, volcanic eruptions, storms, and raging fires. And, of course, the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001 are covered in heart-wrenching detail.

This book contains true accounts of such monumental disasters as:

The 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York; the sinkings of the Titanic and the Lusitania; the Johnstown, Pennsylvania flood; the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens; the destruction of Galveston, Texas by the deadliest hurricane in American history; the B-25 bomber crash into the Empire State Building; the sinking of the USS Indianapolis; the runway collision between Pan Am and KLM 747s that resulted in 578 deaths; the 1996 explosion of TWA Flight 800; the Bhopal, India toxic chemical leak, which claimed 2,500 lives; the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy; the Hartford Circus fire; the Chicago Orphanage fire; the New York Triangle fire; and more.

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