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Tale breathes new life into disaster lost to time Idaho Statesman, May 20, 2016

Ashes Under Water Debuts as a New York Times Bestseller New York Times, August 16, 2015

BookBub features Ashes Under Water, calling it a ‘fascinating, deeply researched history.’ July 3, 2015

Author Michael McCarthy Reveals Sinister Backstory to Eastland Disaster WGN TV, Chicago, July 22, 2015Screen shot 2015-07-27 at 1.30.03 PM

The SS Eastland Disaster: 100 Years Later, NPR affiliate WUIS, July 19, 2015

Eastland Disaster Marks 100th Anniversary ABC-7 TV News, Chicago, July 19, 2015

Chicago’s Deadliest Day: Author Michael McCarthy on the 100th anniversary of the Eastland shipwreck Chicago Magazine July 2015

 Historians stage criminal trial for Eastland disaster Chicago Tribune, June 17, 2015

Books to Read: Ashes Under Water Michigan History, May/June 2015

Shipwreck of the SS Eastland: C-SPAN’s American History Channel airs the author’s April 2015 talk at the New York Public Library. May 2015

The Eastland disaster: Not just an accident but ‘one of the great injustices of the 20th century’ Chicago Reader,  April 17, 2015

Ashes Under Water  finalist for best nonfiction book by a Midwestern author Society of Midland Authors, April 2015

Ashes Under Water one of the Best Books of 2014 Chicago Book Review,  Dec. 29, 2014

Marian Eicholz, last known survivor of Eastland disaster, dies at 102 Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 29, 2014

Michael McCarthy’s ‘Ashes Under Water’ Tells Full Story of Chicago’s Eastland Shipwreck Chicago Sun-Times, Nov. 18 and 19, 2014

A 1915 newspaper cartoon correctly blamed greed, but mistakenly reversed, to starboard, the direction the ship fatally plunged.


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