The Winecoff Fire: The Untold Story of America's Deadliest Hotel Fire

The Winecoff Fire The Untold Story of America s Deadliest Hotel Fire Atlanta s Winecoff Hotel had been billed as fireproof but in the predawn hours of December on the fifth anniversary of Pearl Harbor of its citizens awoke suddenly in hotel already burnin

  • Title: The Winecoff Fire: The Untold Story of America's Deadliest Hotel Fire
  • Author: Sam Heys
  • ISBN: 9781563520693
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Atlanta s Winecoff Hotel had been billed as fireproof , but in the predawn hours of December 7, 1946 on the fifth anniversary of Pearl Harbor 280 of its citizens awoke suddenly in hotel already burning wildly out of control Here is the story of the catastrophe, and of the investigation that went awry 30 photographs.

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    1. One thing I can say is This books jumps right into it!! No time spent with explaining things in the beginning. It starts at the fire and explains the backgrounds and details of the people involved as it tells you their fate. Different approach from the other fire related books I've read but it kept things rolling and broke things up. I liked it. A lot of times authors will go through all those details early in a book, then when you get to the fire it's hard to remember who was who. Not here. Mos [...]

    2. So many people gave this book a great rating. Everyone gave it a 4 or 5 star and I was going to pan it with a 1.5 or 2 star for its punch-you-in-the-gut horror movie introduction which instead lasted the entire first half of the book. After thinking it through, I have decided that Heys is a literary genius for the genre. I entered the book in a burning building, confused about where I was, and spent half a book meeting people and watching their lives end in vicious, gruesome ways -- jumping out [...]

    3. A positively gripping account of the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history.On December 7, 1946, an inferno consumed the popular Winecoff Hotel, located at the corner of Peachtree and Ellis streets in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The horror of that cold winter’s night, lit by raging flames, is captured with awful and tragic clarity by authors Heys and Goodwin who provide a seminal history for an event that remains the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history and took the lives of a heart-rending 1 [...]

    4. I had heard of this event for years. I had a neighbor who would recount endlessly how her son was at the Winecoff the night of the fire and aided in the rescue and treatment of the injured. He was an intern at Grady Hospital at the time. I was able to confirm this as he was mentioned by name in the book. It remains the worst hotel fire in the U.S. and is the second worst in the world. Many of the victim were teenagers who were in Atlanta for a youth event at the state capitol.The authors do a gr [...]

    5. Anyone interested in Atlanta history or architecture should look into this book. Very interesting as it depicts the lives of those involved and the details behind what made it the deadliest hotel fire in American history

    6. Very interesting history of this tragic event. A must read for anyone interested in either the history of fires or of Atlanta.

    7. Interesting book about the 2nd worst hotel fire in which almost 200 people died. Very in-depth research into the victims lives.

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