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Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM By David Cowan John Kuenster

On a grey winter day in December 1958, one of the deadliest fires in American history took the lives of ninety two children and three nuns at a Catholic elementary school on Chicago s West Side The blaze at Our Lady of the Angels School shocked the nation It left many families physically and psychologically scarred for life, destroyed a close knit working class neighborhOn a grey winter day in December 1958, one of the deadliest fires in American history took the lives of ninety two children and three nuns at a Catholic elementary school on Chicago s West Side The blaze at Our Lady of the Angels School shocked the nation It left many families physically and psychologically scarred for life, destroyed a close knit working class neighborhood, and sowed popular suspicion of the church hierarchy and city fathers No one was ever prosecuted for setting the fire to this day it remains an officially unsolved mystery In To Sleep with the Angels, two veteran journalists tell the moving story of the fire and its consequences David Cowan and John Kuenster have worked for years, talking with hundreds of sources and ferreting our documents to reconstruct a minute by minute narrative of the tragedy and the sorrows of its aftermath It is a story of ordinary people caught up in a mind numbing disaster In gripping detail, the authors describe the fear, desperation, and panic that prevailed among children, teachers, firefighters, and parents in and around the stricken school building on that cold Monday afternoon Beyond the flames, the story of the fire at Our Lady of the Angels became an enigma whose mystery has deepened with time its cause was never officially explained despite evidence that it had been intentionally set by a troubled student at the school The authors reveal for the first time this youngster s confession and the decision by a local judge not to pursue the case against him The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago also refused to press an investigation, preferring to label the fire a terrible accident.
  • Title: To Sleep with the Angels: The Story of a Fire
  • Author: David Cowan John Kuenster
  • ISBN: 9781566632171
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Paperback

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Matt Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
The grade school that my wife attended in St. Louis is a hideous eyesore of glass and metal and tiles of various shades of blue. It’s a vision of the future, as conceived by the 60s. According to my mother-in-law, that has not always been the case. Once upon a time, that school had been a stately brick building that architecturally resembled the church to which the school is connected. Also according to my mother-in-law, and to local myth, that stately old school was torn down in the wake of t [...]
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Eric_W Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
The devastating fire that occurred in early December 1958 at Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago had a lasting impact on school construction. Almost before the 5-11 alarm was struck and more than eighty fire companies arrived on the scene, 92 children and 3 nuns died, most of them on the second floor of one wing.The authors interviewed many survivors and have woven their searing recollections into a nightmarish tale of bravery, cupidity and foolishness.The building was a typical parochial s [...]
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☕Laura Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
This was a heartbreaking book which left me tearing up many times over. The authors present the story in a way which makes the human element very real; the terror of the children who were trapped by the fire, the anguish of the parents whose children were lost, the pain of those who survived with burns over as much as 80% of their bodies. It is one of those stories where as horrible as you expect it to be, you come to realize the reality of it is so much worse than that. The authors seemed to ha [...]
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Michael Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
Amazing book!! Very sad. Very tragic. This book is extremely well written. Easy to follow and very well researched. Even though there is a lot of information it is easily absorbed and it reads like you are watching a movie. The balance of pre-fire, the actual event and the aftermath is perfect. No unnecessary information or fading off the subject. And the search for the cause is almost as gripping as the fire itself. This is a horrific event!! If you are a very sensitive or soft hearted person t [...]
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Leslie Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
What I learned from this book is that human nature has myriad facets. This huge fire started in a Catholic school, Our Lady of the Angels in Chicago, on Dec. 1, 1958. It was huge before anyone realized that the school was even on fire. The school was massively overcrowded, 50 and 60 kids per classroom, yet had passed every inspection up to that point. It was built the way most schools were in that day: wood floors highly polished with flammable varnishes; wooden desks; transoms above the doors; [...]
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Rosanne Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
This is a difficult book to read as it relates a terrible tragedy at a Catholic elementary school in Chicago in the 1950's. I chose to read this because I attended another Catholic elementary school in Chicago at the time of the fire that destroyed Our Lady of Angels school. Ninety-three children and three nuns lost their lives and innumerable children suffered terrible injuries. The adults in my life including my parents and the nuns at our school kept most of the details from those of us in sc [...]
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Jessi Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
This is a fantastic account of the 1958 Chicago fire at Our Lady of the Angels School in which 92 students and 3 nuns died. It looks at the events of the fire, reaction of the Catholic church and surrounding community, why the cause remains "undetermined" (despite a confession from a student), and why the construction of the school was just an tragedy waiting to happen. The most touching are the recollections of the students (many of whom were burned and/or injured when jumping from windows), th [...]
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Jeanne Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
I finished this book a week ago and have not been able to add a review. It deserved five stars but was a very hard read. You know what it is about when you start the book, you know exactly how many die but I still wasn't prepared for what happened that day. I kept thinking about the families of the victims who are still alive today and wondering if they go through a single day without thinking about this tragedy. It was hard to shake reading this book over 50 years later. Well written book on a [...]
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Victoria Adams Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
Incredibly moving. Beautifully written. A haunting book. Non-fiction that reads like fiction (and I wish it were).
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Maureen Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
This is a book that I have read at least three times over the years. This incident really affected our family, and was talked about often as I was growing up. I was in first grade, my sister in 7th grade and my brother in 8th grade. In those days there were Catholic churches and schools every few blocks. The day of the fire my parents heard the reports on a Chicago radio station, but the the name of the school was not mentioned at first. Our school was a short distance from Our Lady of Angels, a [...]
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Jim Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
Another book in the long-standing fascination with catastrophes that I have nurtured at least since I was about 10. The first disaster I recall ever having read was about the 1889 Johnstown flood, and I was off. I think I have read something about nearly every major disastrous event of this nation, and many of those abroad, everything from fires, plane crashes, natural disaster, and more. I am fascinated by how people survive and how investigations reveal what really happened. Although this disa [...]
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Pam Falbo Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
WARNING: it will take emotional fortitude to read this tue account of Our Lady Of The Angels fire.I read this book each December. I read it in remembrance of those who passed & those who survived. It is a small thing I do.Besides the horror of the tragedy, this fire managed to rip a very close knit community apart never to mend again. Never.I grew up in a Chicago suburb. I was 7 years old when the OLA fire occurred, the age of many of the little ones trapped in those second floor classrooms. [...]
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Sheila Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
I wanted to read this book because I felt a connection to the tragedy of the Our Lady of the Angels fire having attended Catholic schools in the west side of Chicago and in the adjoining suburb of Cicero not too many years after this event occurred. Little did I know that most of the injured children were brought to St. Anne's hospital where I was born and that a special team to care for them was led by my pediatrician growing up, Dr. Forbrich. OLA was located on Iowa street, a street I had once [...]
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David Rogers Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
Definitely a sad and tragic story. At times, though, I felt like I was reading a compilation of a series about the fire published in a newspaper. The writing was a little pedestrian and often redundant. The authors also lacked the right amount criticism of the accident. Yes, they talk about the school being a fire trap (albeit, a legal fire trap) and the lack of support given to families after the fire. But there wasn't enough about the time lost when nuns ordered their children to hold hands an [...]
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Jan Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
A heart wrenching and well reported story surrounding the events leading to the worst school fire in American History. I well remember that day in 1958, the TV and newspaper accounts of this tragedy and the aftermath that followed. I was horrified to discover that many of the myths we were led to believe that sensationalized this fire, i.e the fire department didn't repond, the janitor was a drunk, the ladders weren't tall enough to reach the windows, the nuns made the children stay in their sea [...]
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Chad Simons Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
Heart breaking story of a very tragic fire. That said, I couldn't put it down. I was so concerned for the fate of the survivors, worried about the families of the deceased, and anxious to get to the bottom of why it got so bad. I can't imagine what the firefighters and families must have gone through. Like my other reviews, this doesn't really review anything, you can read the back cover for that, but I like to leave my impression of the book. I'm glad I read it, but I'm not sure if recommend it [...]
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Tammy Marler Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
This book was very hard to read. I had to put it down at times as the thoughts of what was experienced is heartbreaking. I remember seeing the pictures in the paper when I was young and it was a memory that always stayed with me. Being able to read the story, helped me understand what it was all about. There were many heros out of this sad event. Because of the overwhelming catastrophe, we sometimes forget about them. This is also proof that bad thigs need to happen in order to set standards for [...]
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Bob Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
When this school burned (1958), I was in the 3rd grade in Peoria, about 150 miles from Chicago. In a school that was constructed much the same way. The only thing I knew about the event then was my Mom telling me, "There was a terrible fire in Chicago, many school kids dies, and this was horrible." We did have numerous fire drills, probably inspired by this tragedy.This book was very well researched and it was written from the point of view of the people who were there. It was also a hard book t [...]
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Lauren Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
I read this book every year around the time of the fire (late November up to early December). I feel a very personal connection to this event and it has a lot of meaning to me. I am fascinated by the events that led to, occured during and followed the tragedy and how the events unfolded back then as opposed to if the fire had happened today. God Bless all the students, parents, Sisters and others who were effected by this terrible tragedy. I will never forget.
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Jo Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
Phenomenal, thorough, heart wrenching account. So haunting, I found myself searching for more information and discovered numerous online sites, indicating I'm not alone in experiencing the lingering effects of this particular fire as presented in this particular book, which is referenced liberally by fellow searchers.
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Melissa Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
This is one of those books where the emotions make it hard to read in just one sitting. From the vivid details of the moments of the fire and right after you cannot help but break down into tears as the story unfolds. To anger at the way the church has handled it, the way some teachers reacted the fire, to the coroner inquest, and the way the system dealt with a possible suspect.
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Book Concierge Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
On December 1, 1958 a fire at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic grade school in Chicago killed 92 pupils and three nuns. This is their story. The authors write a page-turning account of the contributing causes of the blaze and of the deaths. Compelling storytelling. I could not put it down.
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Lisa Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
Glad I read in order to know about this historical fire. Excellently written - could picture every detail of the fire. Unfortunately, I could picture every detail of the fire! Amazing read, but you need to be up for it.
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Dani Patarazzi Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
This sad story continues to fascinate me. All the "what ifs" in this book that could've changed the outcome
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Mburnham Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
Rough to read Lots of researched and detailed facts though. A book I will remember about a very tragic event in Chicago history that I remember hearing about and seeing on the news in 1958
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Jean Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
This is a horrifying account of the December 1958 Chicago fire in Our Lady of the Angels School that killed 92 children and three nuns, as well as the resulting investigation. The thorough research for this book provided an almost minute-by-minute account of the day of the fire. It is graphic at times and I skimmed through some of the reading because of that.
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K Fraser Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
I came on the book by accident. I was glued to the story from the beginning and was saddened by this horrible tragedy and chaotic event. Growing up attending catholic schools, I could picture myself in the classroom with the nuns telling us to stay in our seats and pray instead of helping the children escape.
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Marie Piper Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
This is a difficult read - because most of the nearly 100 victims of this 1958 Chicago Fire were kids - but its beautifully researched and worth your time.
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Tiffany McElmeel Jun 07, 2020 - 08:54 AM
Heart wrenching story that will make you cry.
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To Sleep with the Angels: The Story of a Fire By David Cowan John Kuenster On a grey winter day in December 1958, one of the deadliest fires in American history took the lives of ninety two children and three nuns at a Catholic elementary school on Chicago s West Side The blaze at Our Lady of the Angels School shocked the nation It left many families physically and psychologically scarred for life, destroyed a close knit working class neighborhOn a grey winter day in December 1958, one of the deadliest fires in American history took the lives of ninety two children and three nuns at a Catholic elementary school on Chicago s West Side The blaze at Our Lady of the Angels School shocked the nation It left many families physically and psychologically scarred for life, destroyed a close knit working class neighborhood, and sowed popular suspicion of the church hierarchy and city fathers No one was ever prosecuted for setting the fire to this day it remains an officially unsolved mystery In To Sleep with the Angels, two veteran journalists tell the moving story of the fire and its consequences David Cowan and John Kuenster have worked for years, talking with hundreds of sources and ferreting our documents to reconstruct a minute by minute narrative of the tragedy and the sorrows of its aftermath It is a story of ordinary people caught up in a mind numbing disaster In gripping detail, the authors describe the fear, desperation, and panic that prevailed among children, teachers, firefighters, and parents in and around the stricken school building on that cold Monday afternoon Beyond the flames, the story of the fire at Our Lady of the Angels became an enigma whose mystery has deepened with time its cause was never officially explained despite evidence that it had been intentionally set by a troubled student at the school The authors reveal for the first time this youngster s confession and the decision by a local judge not to pursue the case against him The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago also refused to press an investigation, preferring to label the fire a terrible accident.

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