New York on Fire

New York on Fire

By Hilton Obenzinger

newyorkSeattle: Real Comet Press, 1989.
Paperback: $12.95
ISBN: 0-941104-39-7

Cloth: $24.95
ISBN: 0-941104 -40-7

A chronicle of fires that have ravaged New York since a Dutch ship burned in the harbor in 1613, this epic puts the reader on the scene of the most fascinating and terrifying conflagrations – at the Crystal Palace, Barnum’s American Museum, the Colored Orphan Asylum, the Elm Street tenement, the paddlewheeler General Slocum, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, Franuces Tavern, the South Bronx. A thought-provoking view of the city’s history and a brilliant metaphor for its explosive energy, New York on Fire surveys blackouts, bombings, freak collisions and the incendiary violence of racism.

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