The author manifests his ability to skillfully weave many aspects of life and perspective into the book. There are keen observations about class and ethnic prejudices and exclusions…Love, hope, work, and the forces of nature are entwined throughout, as is the ability to experience destruction at the most visceral level. Ultimately, societies recover from catastrophes, learn and change somewhat, and, ultimately, adapt in order to survive. The author deftly shows that thought, love, and care are a part of that adaptation. –RECOMMENDED by the US Review
1871: Rivers on Fire is part historical novel, and part a love story with interweavings of triumph, treachery, and heartbreak.
The book commemorates the sesquicentennial of the deadliest fire in the recorded history of the world — on the same night as one of the most infamous destruction of a city by means of fire. It also addresses our nation’s long-held sense of exceptionalism, our treatment of minority groups, and issues related to the destruction of the environment.
Finally, it touches upon the enigmatic workings of the brain in its ability to create language.
The Peshtigo Fire was a massive wildfire that broke out on October 8, 1871, in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. In just 90 minutes, the inferno torched an area twice the size of Rhode Island and killed somewhere between 1,200 and 2,500 people—more than in any fire in American history. The Peshtigo fire occurred on the same day as the Great Chicago Fire,
1871: Rivers on Fire is a love story set amidst the events of the deadliest fire in the recorded history of the world.
About the Author
Paul Buchheit is both a published author (“Disposable Americans,” Routledge 2017) and an accomplished and well-known progressive journalist and writer. A staunch advocate for progressive social change for years, some of the many publications* in which his work has appeared include: Alternet, Common Dreams, Naked Capitalism, Nation of Change, OpEd News, Salon, and Truthout.
Most notably, Paul was named one of the 300 Living Peace and Justice Leaders by the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development.
Paul’s doctorate is in Computer Science (University of IL, 1991). He was a full-time professor for Chicago City Colleges, and part-time for the Master’s Program at Northwestern University.
For several years, post-doctorate, his primary research interest was cognitive science and theories of language development, for which he published numerous academic papers.
His areas of expertise in social science include a guaranteed basic income, capitalism, computer science, poverty, and inequality. He created and taught a course in Economic Inequality at DePaul University.
Paul’s career endeavors include volunteer work with Chicago’s homeless population. He is a strong advocate for social and economic justice.
Paul’s essays, videos, and poems can be found at YouDeserveFacts.org.
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