Series: American Disasters

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Apollo 1 Tragedy: Fire in the Capsule by Paul Brubaker
Attack on America: The Day the Twin Towers Collapsed by Mary Gow
Blackout!: Cities in Darkness by Therese DeAngelis
The Challenger Disaster: Tragic Space Flight by Carmen Bredeson
Columbine High School Shooting: Student Violence by Judy L. Hasday
El Nino and La Nina: Deadly Weather by Carmen Bredeson
The EXXON Valdez: Tragic Oil Spill (American Disasters) by Victoria Sherrow
Fire in Oakland, California: Billion-Dollar Blaze by Carmen Bredeson
The Hindenburg Disaster: Doomed Airship by Victoria Sherrow
Hurricane Andrew: Nature's Rage by Victoria Sherrow
Johnstown Flood: The Day the Dam Burst by Mary Gow
Jonestown Massacre: Tragic End of a Cult by Gina DeAngelis
Love Canal: Toxic Waste Tragedy by Victoria Sherrow
The Mighty Midwest Flood: Raging Rivers by Carmen Bredeson
Mount St. Helens Volcano: Violent Eruption by Carmen Bredeson
The Oklahoma City Bombing: Terror in the Heartland by Victoria Sherrow
Pearl Harbor: Deadly Surprise Attack by Therese DeAngelis
Plains Outbreak Tornadoes: Killer Twisters by Victoria Sherrow
Polio Epidemic: Crippling Virus Outbreak by Victoria Sherrow
San Francisco Earthquake, 1989: Death and Destruction by Victoria Sherrow
The Stock Market Crash of 1929: Dawn of the Great Depression by Mary Gow
Three Mile Island: Nuclear Disaster by Michael D. Cole
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: Flames of Labor Reform by Michelle M. Houle
Tsunami: Monster Waves by Mary Dodson Wade
The World Trade Center Bombing: Terror in the Towers by Victoria Sherrow

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How do series work?

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What isn't a series?

Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such (see Wikipedia: Book series). Like many concepts in the book world, "series" is a somewhat fluid and contested notion. A good rule of thumb is that series have a conventional name and are intentional creations, on the part of the author or publisher. For now, avoid forcing the issue with mere "lists" of works possessing an arbitrary shared characteristic, such as relating to a particular place. Avoid series that cross authors, unless the authors were or became aware of the series identification (eg., avoid lumping Jane Austen with her continuators).

Also avoid publisher series, unless the publisher has a true monopoly over the "works" in question. So, the Dummies guides are a series of works. But the Loeb Classical Library is a series of editions, not of works.


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