A well-written look at some of the disasters throughout Pennsylvania's history, beginning with the Yellow Fever Epidemic that struck Philadelphia in 1793 through to the crash of United Flight 93 and the Quecreek Mine Rescue.

Ivory utilized a small handful of newspaper stories in writing each story - suggesting in the introduction that (with the passing of time), the availability of "disaster journalism" was indicative of the demise of the field. She'd have supported that belief better, perhaps, by using more of these in the early stories to make them longer. The ones that receive the most attention were, obviously, the Big News accounts in PA's history - Johnstown Flood, Quecreek, and Flight 93.