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Author: Sally M. Walker Narrator: Janet Metzger Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781536685510
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The worst maritime disaster in American history wasn’t the Titanic. It was the steamboat Sultana on the Mississippi River—and it was completely preventable.

In 1865, the Civil War was winding down and the country was reeling from Lincoln’s assassination. Thousands of Union soldiers, released from Confederate prisoner-of-war camps, were to be transported home on the steamboat Sultana. With a profit to be made, the captain rushed repairs to the ship so the soldiers wouldn’t find transportation elsewhere. More than 2,000 passengers boarded in Vicksburg, Mississippi...on a boat with a capacity of 376. The journey was violently interrupted when the ship’s boilers exploded, plunging the Sultana into mayhem; passengers were bombarded with red-hot iron fragments, burned by scalding steam, and flung overboard into the churning Mississippi. Although rescue efforts were launched, the survival rate was dismal—more than 1,500 lives were lost. In a compelling, exhaustively researched account, renowned author Sally M. Walker joins the ranks of historians who have been asking the same question for 150 years: who (or what) was responsible for the Sultana’s disastrous fate?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Walker’s engrossing narrative builds to a horrific description of the terrified passengers’ actions and ensuing civilian rescue efforts. Although Walker conveys astonishment, even outrage, that no one was held responsible for this tragedy, she presents the evidence with an even hand. After closing everyone’s story, she exhorts readers to apply the lessons from this preventable catastrophe to the present day.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Extensively researched…As a supplement to the Civil War curriculum or as an examination of how history is made, this is an excellent resource…Fans of the Titanic and other real-life disasters will find something new to sink their teeth into.”

    VOYA

  • “Readers who have already devoured the abundance of material on the Titanic will be drawn to the story of the Sultana, which despite being the ‘worst maritime disaster in American history’ is often overshadowed…A riveting and informative addition to nonfiction collections.”

    School Library Journal

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About the Author

Sally M. Walker—also known as Sally Fleming, Sally MacArt Walker, and Sally Macart Walker—is an American writer of nonfiction for children. She is best known for he books on scientific subjects such as Fossil Fish Found Alive: Discovering the Coelacanth or Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland. Walker is also known for her Spanish-English bilingual books, such as La Luz/Light and La Electricidad/Electricity.

About the Narrator

Janet Metzger, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has performed as a stage, television, voice, and film actor and as a jazz vocalist in hotels and supper clubs. For five years she was the voice of Headline News, now HLN, during which time she also promoted features and news stories for CNN and CNN International. She is a graduate of Florida State University.