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Cocoanut Grove

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  14 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Here is a spellbinding , minute-by-minute account of the most famous disaster in American History--the fire in Boston's Cocoanut Grove nightclub that, on November 28, 1942, claimed 491 lives.
Unknown Binding, 277 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by Atheneum Books
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Dec 01, 2010 Dave-O rated it really liked it
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Really needs to be reprinted. A trove of information and sad details surrounding the worst nightclub fire in U.S. history that killed 492 people and injured hundreds. Boston's hot night spot was overflowing with about 1,000 people on a cold November night in 1942. A young couple tried to get some privacy in a corner of the basement-level Broadway Lounge and unscrewed a light bulb prompting a busboy to screw it back in. When he couldn't see in the dark corner, he lit a match and a stray ember ...more
Jan 06, 2015 Donna rated it liked it
Sad account of the worst fire in America at the famous restaurant/ night club in Boston in 1942. Author goes into detail of the ownership of the club, employees, patrons, and why the timing if the event prevented even more from death. The survival of one particular young man was amazing . Half was thru it was dry reading, but picked up again do stick with it
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One of the first nonfiction books I remember reading. It was heartbreaking to read and I was horrified that this was place my mother had been.
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