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History's worst disasters : and the…

History's worst disasters : and the stories behind them (2013)

by Eric Chaline

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Introduction:  The word "disaster" is made up of the Greek astron (star) with the negative prefix dis, meaning "ill-starred," and comes from a time when our ancestors believed that the heavens decided the fates of humans.
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The world we live in is usually benign and forgiving, but on numerous occasions over the course of history it has also provided us with a reminder of the precarious nature of our existence. History's Worst Disasters deals with the worst of these events, describing fifty of the most extreme disasters we have suffered.… (more)

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