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The Great Fire, by John Murphy (2006)

This book may be aimed at young readers, but it takes an adult-look at the fire. The cause, the response, and the effect on the city are all intelligently examined. First-hand accounts and photos enhance the quality narrative.

Smoldering City: Chicagoans and the Great Fire, 1871-1874, by Karen Sawislak (1995)

Sawislak is a professional historian, but she knows how to tell a good story. This book is an authoritative yet engaging account of the fire and its significance. History students and casual readers will both find something of interest here.

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