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In this spellbinding book, Lou Ureneck recreates one of the most important humanitarian rescue missions of the twentieth-century.  GREAT FIRE is an exceptional account – dramatic, poignant, and masterfully written – of an unforgettable moment in the history of human tragedy and heroism.

 Caroline Elkins

Professor of History at Harvard University and Pulitzer Prize winning author of Imperial Reckoning: An Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya

GREAT FIRE is an epic of humankind at its best and worst — an epic that is all the more spellbinding because it is meticulously factual.

David Laskin

author of The Family: A Journey into the Heart of the 20th Century

Surprisingly fresh, haunting, and potent, Ureneck offers a new perspective on the unforgivable tragedy at Smyrna and the modern religio-ethnic conflicts that continue to trouble the region.

Publishers Weekly

THE GREAT FIRE gives us a hero (Asa Jennings) as compelling as Steven Spielberg’s Oskar Schindler. It gives us a   historical narrative  (the rescue of 250,000 innocents from the Armenian/Greek genocide) as haunting as Adam Hochschild’s King Leopold’s Ghost.   I couldn’t put it down.

Larry Tye

author of Home Lands: Portraits of the New Jewish Diaspora, and Satchel: The Life and Times of  an American Legend

A remarkable story delivered in a wonderful style that holds the reader’s attention.

Kirkus Reviews

Ureneck’s account is magisterial in its portrait of the personalities involved, and it charts equally well the densely intertwined currents of history as his narrative gathers speed…a tragic but very moving story.

Robert Shenk

author of Black Sea Fleet and professor at the University of New Orleans

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