“The Great Fire” reads like a fictional thriller, with terrifying events unfolding too fast for considered decisions and everyday humans revealing their character under fire as heroes or villains. But it is not fiction. It is carefully documented history.
The story could be in today’s headlines, with thousands of people brutally murdered, a proud and ancient city burned and destroyed, and hundreds of thousands of people displaced, desperately seeking a place to flee, and finding every exit blocked. But it all took place in 1922.