Rhode Island Disasters: Tales of Tragedy by Air, Sea and Rail

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How could a perfectly sound U.S. military fighter plane simply vanish from formation on a training flight? Why did the crew of a speeding train choose death over salvation? What really happened one foggy night in 1929 when the Coast Guard fired on a rumrunner in Narragansett Bay? Do guardian angels really exist? Can an airplane be jinxed? In his latest book, Jim Ignasher chronicles twenty-three long-forgotten tales of disaster in the Ocean State. His research includes declassified government reports, which allow for some stories to be told in their entirety for the first time. Collectively, these tales present heroes and villains, adventure and the human condition, strange happenings and unsolved mysteries.
ISBN: 9781609491000
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Rhode Island
Series: Disaster
Images: 39
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Jim Ignasher has been interested in history since his youth, but it is only in recent years that he has begun to write about it. He enjoys searching for long-forgotten stories that other authors may have overlooked, thus hoping to give his readers a new perspective on local history. He is active with the Historical Society of Smithfield, which operates and maintains the historic Smith-Appleby House Museum, and he occasionally gives talks on Smithfield's history. He is also a member of the New England Antiquities Research Association and Historic New England. Jim also writes a monthly local history column for Your Smithfield Magazine, and in May 2010, he received an award from the Rhode Island Press Association for an article he wrote titled "Rescued from the Attic of Our Lives, " which appeared in the magazine's November 2009 edition. This is his fourth book and his third with The History Press.
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