Download Catastrophes and Heroes: True Stories of Man-Made Disasters Audiobook

Catastrophes and Heroes: True Stories of Man-Made Disasters Audiobook, by Jerry Borrowman Extended Sample Click for printable size audiobook cover
Author: Jerry Borrowman Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Shadow Mountain Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2020 ISBN: 9781094165196
0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book)
Regular Price: $16.95 Add to Cart
— or —
BEST PRICE!
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$7.95$7.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

A century of the industrial age saw unprecedented leaps in technology and engineering, from the first flight of an airplane to the first flight of humans to the moon. But alongside these awe-inspiring achievements were horrible disasters caused by faulty engineering or careless judgment. Catastrophes and Heroes explores eight such disasters and recognizes the unheralded heroes who stepped up to save others in times of great danger.

Included in this collection are the stories of female phone operators who, despite being in the path of destruction after the Los Angeles St. Francis Dam collapsed in 1928, stayed on the job to warn others to evacuate; Ernest Hemingway, who assisted survivors in his own boat after a hurricane destroyed the Florida East Coast Railway in 1935; and Ernest Betts who, though knowing little first aid, saved thirty people after the streamliner train the City of San Francisco crashed in the Nevada mountains in 1939.

Filled with little-known stories and historical insights, this book explores the rich history of the marvels of engineering and technological advances in the span of a century and reveals how the perils, though disastrous, gave rise to heroism and compassion at a time when machines were supposed to do it all.

Download and start listening now!

dqoq

Quotes & Awards

  • “Unusual and compelling.”

    Booklist on Invisible Heroes of World War II

  • “Offers new stories that will interest even the most avid history buff.”

    School Library Journal on Invisible Heroes of World War II

Listener Reviews

Be the first to write a review about this audiobook!
Write a Review

About the Author

Jerry Borrowman is an award-winning author of historical fiction and nonfiction. He has written about the world wars, the Great Depression, and the Vietnam War. Borrowman is the recipient of the George Washington National Medal of Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge. He and his wife, Marcella, raised four children and live in the Rocky Mountains.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over a thousand titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.