City of Heroes: The Great Charleston Earthquake of 1886. By Richard N. Côté. ISBN 1-929175-46-9. 542 pp. $24.95 (paperback). Corinthian Books; 843-881-6080; www.bookdoctor.com.

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This heavily illustrated book is filled with first-hand accounts of the 1886 Charleston earthquake, drawn directly from newspapers, personal diaries, journals, and letters of the earthquake survivors. It also follows the earthquake sleuths who descended upon Charleston to discover what caused the disaster, but above all, it identifies the noble and heartwarming acts of numerous unsung heroes inspired and led by Charleston's extraordinary mayor, William A. Courtenay. Working together, they saved numerous lives, nursed the wounded,...

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