Thursday, January 19, 2012

An American Holocaust: The Story of Lataine's Ring by Kerry Barger

Current read -
Title - An American Holocaust: The Story of Lataine's Ring
Author - Kerry Barger (

Amazon description -
"An American Holocaust" is a story that begins with the giving of a child's Christmas gift 75 years ago in 1936. It is followed by the worst school disaster in American History. That event is still impacting you and me to this day.

This tragedy took place at the London School in New London, Texas on March 18, 1937. The story relays more 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 continued to dwell for forty years among the entire community of scarred survivors. For those who spoke out, their stories have been told and re-told for 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. It was truly an American holocaust.

E-book currently available for $2.99 (Free for Prime members) at Amazon here.

Update: Finished reading 1/21/2012


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