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The Circus Fire

(2000)
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It was a midsummer afternoon, halfway through a Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus performance, when the big top caught fire. The tent had been waterproofed with a mixture of paraffin and gasoline; in seconds it was burning out of control. More than 8,000 people were trapped inside, and the ensuing disaster would eventually take 167 lives.

Stewart O'Nan brings all his narrative gifts to bear on this gripping account of the great Hartford circus fire of 1944. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, O'Nan skillfully re-creates the horrific events and illuminates the psychological oddities of human behavior under stress: the mad scramble for the exits; the perilous effort to maneuver animals out of danger; the hero who tossed dozens of children to safety before being trampled to death. Brilliantly constructed and exceptionally moving, The Circus Fire is history at its most compelling.


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Hardback Editions

June 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Circus Fire: A True Story
Author(s): Stewart O'Nan
ISBN: 0-385-49684-2 / 978-0-385-49684-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

June 2001 : USA Paperback

Title: Circus Fire
Author(s): Stewart O'Nan
ISBN: 0-606-22365-7 / 978-0-606-22365-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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June 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy
Author(s): Stewart O'Nan
ISBN: 0-385-49685-0 / 978-0-385-49685-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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Audio Editions

October 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Circus Fire
Author(s): Stewart O'Nan
ISBN: 1-4915-5175-5 / 978-1-4915-5175-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Circus Fire
Author(s): Stewart O'Nan
ISBN: 1-4692-3820-9 / 978-1-4692-3820-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Circus Fire
Author(s): Stewart O'Nan
ISBN: 1-4692-3818-7 / 978-1-4692-3818-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2008 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy
Author(s): Stewart O'Nan
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy
Author(s): Stewart O'Nan
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy
Author(s): Stewart O'Nan
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2004 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Circus Fire
Author(s): Stewart O'Nan
ISBN: 1-59600-483-5 / 978-1-59600-483-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2004 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Circus Fire
Author(s): Stewart O'Nan
ISBN: 1-59600-484-3 / 978-1-59600-484-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Circus Fire
Author(s): Stewart O'Nan
ISBN: 1-58788-298-1 / 978-1-58788-298-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2000 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: The Circus Fire
Author(s): Stewart O'Nan
ISBN: 1-56740-936-9 / 978-1-56740-936-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2000 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Circus Fire
Author(s): Stewart O'Nan
ISBN: 1-56740-937-7 / 978-1-56740-937-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance
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June 2000 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Circus Fire
Author(s): Stewart O'Nan
ISBN: 1-56740-392-1 / 978-1-56740-392-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
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Kindle Editions

December 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy
Author(s): Stewart O'Nan
Publisher: Anchor
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA