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An American Holocaust: The Story of Lataine's Ring By Kerry L. Barger,

  • Title: An American Holocaust: The Story of Lataine's Ring
  • Author: Kerry L. Barger
  • ISBN: 9781466201965
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
  • On March 18, 1937 one of the most modern public school buildings in the U.S exploded in a rural community decimating the student population and destroying innocent lives Considered the worst public school disaster in U.S history, controversial theories surrounding this tragedy are still debated to this day The event sparked changes that soon reverberated around the worOn March 18, 1937 one of the most modern public school buildings in the U.S exploded in a rural community decimating the student population and destroying innocent lives Considered the worst public school disaster in U.S history, controversial theories surrounding this tragedy are still debated to this day The event sparked changes that soon reverberated around the world and continue to affect each of us in our homes, schools, businesses and places of worship An American Holocaust is a story that begins with the giving of a child s Christmas gift in 1936 The explosion took place at the London School in New London, Texas This story relays than simple facts It is a personal account of unprepared loss and shattered dreams, followed by unfathomable grief It describes the feelings of those who died in their innocence and of those who witnessed horror and lived through the aftermath An unresolved silence persisted for forty years among the entire community of scarred survivors For those who spoke out, their stories have been told and re told for over three quarters of a century, but most people have never heard them Although the innocent still suffer from the ignorance and indifference of a few, especially those we should be able to trust with the lives and safety of our children, this is also a story of hope Countless lives have been saved by bold actions that were taken in the wake of this unanticipated sacrifice of so many children who were literally consumed by fire on the day a generation died in Texas The following is an editorial review by John E Roper, The US Review of Books I remember being thrown up in the air like a toy I keep turning and spinning Then darkness The attack on the World Trade Center in New York claimed almost 3,000 lives and changed America forever A little remembered explosion of a school in the 1930s resulted in just over 300 deaths, yet it, too, had a tremendous impact on society Barger revives the story of one of the nation s most poignant tragedies in his highly moving tale The school in New London was considered one of the most modern facilities in the state for the time period, and the residents of the small East Texas town were extremely proud of it Like in many of the small towns near the oil fields, school officials had decided to tap into the natural gas lines to cut heating costs at the facility What they never realized was just how dangerous that practice could be On March 18, 1937, a spark in the wood shop ignited the cloud of invisible and odorless gas that had slowly permeated the school The resulting explosion killed children and teachers alike, littering the area with body parts and completely devastating a community The catastrophe led Texas to mandate the inclusion of an additive to natural gas that would enable people to smell it The nation and then much of the world soon followed suit Barger s book follows the lives of several families affected by the tragedy, including his own By giving the reader glimpses into the hopes and dreams of individuals like his cousin, Lataine, he builds a literary memorial to those who lost so much to make others safe in the future it stands as a much needed reminder of an event that should never be forgotten theUSreview Notice to literary agents, publishers and producers all applicable rights are open for bid Contact information is available at the end of the book.
    An American Holocaust The Story of Lataine s Ring On March one of the most modern public school buildings in the U S exploded in a rural community decimating the student population and destroying innocent lives Considered the worst public sc

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    1. I remember being thrown up in the air like a toy I keep turning and spinning Then darkness The attack on the World Trade Center in New York claimed almost 3,000 lives and changed America forever A little remembered explosion of a school in the 1930s resulted in just over 300 deaths, yet it, too, had a tremendous impact on society Barger revives the story of one of the nation s most poignant tragedies in his highly moving tale.The school in New London was considered one of the most modern facilit [...]

    2. This book is really one of the best reads I have ever had I just want to encourage you to read it and tell you friends about it if you feel the same way I don t think you ll regret it.

    3. I got this title free for Kindle.Do you think the awful smell of natural gas is normal Well, it isn t It s because of the addition of a chemical called mercaptan that is put into natural gas specifically to make the smell recognizable Natural gas has no odor without it.Where you ever curious why natural gas was made to smell like this I confess I never thought about it but this story tells the reason.March 18, 1937 was the height of the oil gas boom in Texas New London, Texas was the site of man [...]

    4. I really enjoyed this book Kerry Barger did a great job of telling this horrendous story I liked the way way he followed a number of families telling how they survived or didn t survive the tragedy I find it hard to believe that in my 71 yrs I never heard about this fire If that were to happen now it would immediately be on the new across the country I will be waiting for March18th to see if there is any mention of it on the news Kerry you did a great job of bringing this to the public Makes me [...]

    5. I read the blurb on this book and thought the story sounded interesting While I still think the story is interesting, I was not at all impressed with the writing The author spent too much space on other national and world events that were happening at the time of the story without tying them to the events of this story I can understand setting the stage, but there was not an effort to tie them together The story was told in a documentary style I don t have a problem with this style, but it kept [...]

    6. I won this book from here on and was excited when I recieved it I glanced through it prior to reading it and thought it was going to be a rather bland tale about the explosion at the school Instead it surprised me by being a very touching story.In it the author writes about this tragedy as told by her grandmother who was there when it happened She gives us a look into the past as only a survivor can.I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about true history I have 4 friends in line to [...]

    7. A heartbreaking mostly unknown historical story By the end you will know why natural gas has a smell You will also feel for the families who lost their loved ones in this tragedy I enjoyed the way the book was written Who knows how many lives have since been saved by what was learned from this tragedy

    8. A Touching Story, Well told Kerry Barger writes a poignant human interest story without making it mawkish, larding it with enough facts to qualify it as a scholarly article especially so when the bibliography is considered.

    9. I grew up in East Texas and knew about the New London school explosion, but I had never read anything until now I could not put it down Such a tragedy Quick read.

    10. This was a very powerful book about an extremely emotional tragedy I definitely had tears in my eyes after reading this and just experiencing the book.I felt connected to these children and their families by the author s format in telling the story We got into all the individual s heads and see the events through their eyes and thoughts That takes a special talent of writing, let me tell you Someone who can pull off a 10 year old girl and then do a 180 and get into the head of her father has som [...]

    11. A very well written story about a national tragedy that, like so many national tragedies in the US, seems to have been completely forgotten despite its scale, long term effects and sheer horror It s also a look into the lives of the families so grievously effected by the consolidated school explosion in New London, Texas in 1937 The school exploded due to a massive natural gas leak that went completely undetected due to the fact that natural gas has no odor, taste or color This disaster is the r [...]

    12. I skipped ahead to the actual tragedy and then skimmed the ending This book is not one that held my attention, unfortunately The topic was boring to me, oil and natural gases and the like went RIGHT over my head Still, I wanted to know what happened so I skipped ahead It is a shame that it takes these occurences to change the ways things are done, and it s sad that some important stories are virtually unknown I never thought twice about why gases smelled the way they do s sad that it took the ho [...]

    13. Although the devastation of this event in history was terrible and changed the way gas is used in homes and schools, the author compares it to 9 11, which I find strange What happened at the school was not terrorism nor did it have the impact or destruction of 9 11 Not that the lives lost were not as precious or the loss felt by the community any less painful, it was an unfortunate accident, not a deliberate, calculating murder of thousands of innocent people, perpetrated by religious fanaticism [...]

    14. Before reading this true story I had never heard of the tragedy that happened in New London, Texas on March 18th 1937 This book truly touched me and the vivid descriptions of the people and events leading up to, including and after that day were astounding I could feel myself there and the pain, horror and devastation that took place As a parent of an 8 year old I couldn t help thinking, What if this had happened to me and my son This is a great book and I wish that people knew about this trage [...]

    15. I knew very little about this event before I read the book and only downloaded it because it sounded interesting and was free But I was very surprised with what I found It was very detailed and heartfelt and I loved how it moved between the different stories so that you really got a feel of how many people it affected and just how normal everything had been going before it happened Not only the story itself but the use of the appendix at the back to add extra information, for example a speech ma [...]

    16. My husband s mother s brother died in this school accident We have heard it mentioned so many times through the years It was such a surprise to see that someone had actually written about it It was very interesting to find out For those reasons I was very glad to have read it The author did a good job when reporting facts and things Other parts of the writing felt a bit awkward But I am glad that someone chronicled it And it was very interesting to know that it was because of this tragedy that [...]

    17. this book hit me in the heart and had me in tears told by a member of one of families affected, with stories from survivors passed down a couple generations and verified this book tells the story of a school explosion in 1937 that didn t make it into history book I read it happened in New London, Texas, a gas leak in one of the first schools to be heated by natural gas lead the world wide regulations that put mercaptan in all natural gas lines a must read for those who are interested in our coun [...]

    18. A beautiful written but tragic story about a small school in New London Texas back in 1937 The school happened to be build over a natural gas field and unfortunately blew up destroying the entire school killing over 200 students This incident helps bring about additives being placed in the pipes containing natural gas to help release leakage.Told in story form this book will be enjoyed by all It helps us remember technologically where were are now in safety requirements in schools and many other [...]

    19. Wow It s amazing how such a horrible tragedy could have occurred and that nowadays it is virtually unknown I remembered being told about natural gas additives, but no one ever told me why.You learn about all these people and their lives and wants and dreams and then, it s as if someone just hit the stop button in mid breadth I m still in shock at the horror, and I m glad steps were taken to insure it never happens again It s also important to remember, so we won t forget why these safeties must [...]

    20. Lataine s RingI came upon this book for my kindle last night, looking for my nightly read I saw that the story was about an East Texas town, New London Although I have lived in Texas most of my life I never heard of New London or the tragedy that occurred there The book was so readable and interesting that after finishing I had to find out Texas needs to remember these great people.

    21. Somber BookI ve always heard of the New London school that blew up in 1937 but really didn t know anything else about IThis is in my neck of the woods where I grew upanted not at that time but I can t believe it s not spoken about even nowor even so when I was growing up in the 80s and 90s.One thing I can say.going to see the museum is now something I have to doSuch a sad tragedy that occurred and devastated a small town

    22. Wow I just finished this free book from and I am so glad that I got to read it Mr Barger brought to light about this tradegey that should have never happened to a small town and those families who lived there I never ever heard about this until this book and at one point I had to stop and go do something else because as a parent this would have been very devasting to learn your child or spouse was gone in an instant Please read this book it is so worth it.

    23. This was a very touching book about a terrible event that I don t think many people know about The gas explosion in New London, Texas was a tragedy that lead to the additive in natural gas to make it smell so you know if there is a gas leak I appreciate the author s compassion for all of the victims and survivors, not just for his relative who perished in the explosion.

    24. This book is categorized in history but it is inaccurate and while the characters were real, the author made up every line that was said They were all buried in Pleasant Hill cemetery between March 20 and March 25th, 1937.The explosion was very real but the broken gas line was in the school, not outside like this author puts it.

    25. I won this book on I enjoyed the book, even though I felt myself constantly cringing knowing it was leading up to a school explosion The book not only teaches us a part of history, it also gives us some of the personal stories involved.

    26. Oh my gosh, what a horrific tragedy to read about In 1937 in New London, Texas, a school exploded and took the lives of over 300 children and adults The author told the story with much detail about the event and included eye witness accounts This is a sad book to read but well worth the time.

    27. OMG, what a awful time in these people s lives I cannot even begin to imagine the horror that was experienced, the author did a great job Describing the horror that took place, as well as the intense emotion experienced by survivors, families, reporters, rescue workers.

    28. I received this book as a First Reads Giveaway and it was pretty sad It was something that I did not have much knowledge of so I did learn something but it is not something I would probably read again.

    29. I remember learning about the horror of what happened to the Jewish faith during war I feel that getting stories about the atrocities that happened, I pray, it will help us never to repeat such horrific things again.

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