Tinderbox by Robert W. Fieseler audiobook

Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation

By Robert W. Fieseler
Read by Paul Heitsch

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665136129

  • ISBN: 9781665136105

  • ISBN: 9781665136112

Runtime: 11.42 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Fact Crime Book

Finalist for the 2019 Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2018

Named a Library Journal Best Book of the Year

A Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year selection

Buried for decades, the Up Stairs Lounge tragedy has only recently emerged as a catalyzing event of the gay liberation movement. In revelatory detail, Robert W. Fieseler chronicles the tragic event that claimed the lives of thirty-one men and one woman on June 24, 1973, at a New Orleans bar, the largest mass murder of gays until 2016. Relying on unprecedented access to survivors and archives, Fieseler creates an indelible portrait of a closeted, blue-collar gay world that flourished before an arsonist ignited an inferno that destroyed an entire community. The aftermath was no less traumatic—families ashamed to claim loved ones, the Catholic Church refusing proper burial rights, the city impervious to the survivors' needs—revealing a world of toxic prejudice that thrived well past Stonewall. Yet the impassioned activism that followed proved essential to the emergence of a fledgling gay movement. Tinderbox restores honor to a forgotten generation of civil-rights martyrs.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The book is loving, sensitive, and diligent.” New York Times
“Fieseler unflinchingly recounts the fire and sets it firmly in the context of the times.” Chicago Tribune
“Very moving…Eloquent…haunting…The heart of this book concerns the individual stories Fieseler has assembled. These make his book far more than just a history of gay rights; they make it an infinitely sad portrait of what these people went through.” Gay & Lesbian Review
“It’s indescribably moving to learn in a final author’s note that survivors hesitant to speak on the record for Tinderbox came forward with urgency after the Pulse massacre. Their testimonies, Fieseler’s rigorous research, and his amiable prose make this a vital, inspiring volume in the annals of gay history.” Shelf Awareness
“Fiesler describes the blaze and chaos in the bar in excruciating and terrifying detail…A vivid, fast-paced, and essential LGBTQ and social history.” Library Journal (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Robert W. Fieseler

Author Bio: Robert W. Fieseler

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Runtime: 11.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English