The American public has always been avid for disaster news- but whether it will take it an masse, in book form, is a moot question. Nonetheless, there's some mighty good journalistic writing in this interesting collection of stories of American tragedies and disasters, of nature on the rampage, of accidents caused by human carelessness. They range from the earthquakes of 1811 to the explosions of Texas City, in 1947, and the mine disaster in Cantralia. The great Chicago fire- the blizzard of '88- (compared with our own 1947 variety)- the Titanic disaster-Morro Castle- the Hindenburg- the Cocoanut Grove fire- tormados-earthquakes- plane crashes, and so on. 46 stories in all.