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When the Dancing Stopped by Brian Hicks
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Feb 15, 2008

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bookshelves: non-fiction-historical
Read in January, 2007

In the summer of 1934, off the coast of New Jersey, the Morro Castle, a well-known luxury liner returning from a Labor Day cruise to Havana, caught fire during a tropical storm just hours after its captain was found dead in his cabin. The ship was incinerated, some 134 passengers died, and the rest forced to jump into the sea to survive. Based on recently declassified FBI files, thousands of pages of investigation notes, testimony, and new interviews, Hicks provides a fast-paced account exploring the mystery of what exactly happened on the Morro Castle seven decades ago.
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