Connecticut Disasters: True Stories Of Tragedy And Survival


It’s only human to be fascinated by disasters–and uplifted by reports of survival in the face of overwhelming circumstances. History writer Ellsworth S. Grant takes you back to Connecticut’s most catastrophic events, vividly re-creating the moments that changed the Nutmeg State forever. The twenty-one true stories in Connecticut Disasterare a chilling reminder to expect the unexpected and to respect the powerful, often deadly forces of nature.

Experience the drama of:

  • Benedict Arnold’s traitorous burning of New London in 1781
  • The fight for survival and liberty waged by enslaved Africans aboard the Amistad
  • The blizzard of 1888–New England’s benchmark winter storm
  • The great 1938 hurricane that tore apart more than 700 shoreline homes
  • the 1944 Hartford fire that engulfed a circus tent, killing 168
  • The 1978 collapse of the Hartford Civic Center–just hours after an event



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