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The Great Fire by Jim  Murphy
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Dec 08, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: newberry-honor, non-fiction, english-420
Read in December, 2010

This non-fiction book tells the story of the fire that burned down a huge portion of Chicago in 1871. Starting in the O'Leary's barn the book chronicles the fire's spread across the city and the chaos and destruction that ensued. The book includes plenty of pictures and primary documents. These, unfortunately, act as a respite from the author's uninteresting and often awkward prose. An interesting story rendered almost irredeemably boring. There has to be a more interesting boook on this subject that can be recommended.

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