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The Hindenburg in Flames: How a Photograph Marked the End of the Airship
The Hindenburg in Flames: How a Photograph Marked the End of the Airship
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The Hindenburg in Flames: How a Photograph Marked the End of the Airship

When it went down in flames, the Hindenburg went down in history. The era of airship travel ended with a disastrous explosion May 6, 1937. Sam Shere's photo of the Hindenburg in flames has been called the most famous news photograph ever taken. The entire episode from first flash to destruction took less than a minute. It happened so fast that Shere, who could feel the heat of the burning airship, had no time to raise his camera to his eye. His famous photo, which was the first ever to show a major air disaster as it happened, was shot from the hip.

6-Pack ISBN978-0-7565-5452-1
Lexile Level1050L
ATOS Level7
Text TypeNarrative Nonfiction
SubjectWorld History, World Culture, Transportation
Page Count64
SeriesCaptured World History
Teacher NotesYes


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Michael Burgan

Michael Burgan

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection.  Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.

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