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Fire Fighters: Stories of Survival From the Front Lines of Firefighting

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Firefighters have long been among the most admired men and women in our culture, and recent events have shown how well-placed that admiration is—adding fuel to our innate fascination with stories about fire and the people who risk their lives to fight it. Some of our best writers are drawn to the subject of firefighting, and over the years they have created a rich body of literature. Fire Fighters offers the most exciting and compelling stories from that body of work, including accounts of devastating fires from...
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Overview


Firefighters have long been among the most admired men and women in our culture, and recent events have shown how well-placed that admiration is—adding fuel to our innate fascination with stories about fire and the people who risk their lives to fight it. Some of our best writers are drawn to the subject of firefighting, and over the years they have created a rich body of literature. Fire Fighters offers the most exciting and compelling stories from that body of work, including accounts of devastating fires from New York to Yellowstone, as well as smaller blazes that have turned particularly ugly or dangerous. Selections include Jimmy Breslin's eulogy for the men who died in the famous Chelsea fire, Norman McLean on the Great Gulch forest fire that killed nine young smokejumpers, John McPhee on fires in the Pine Barrens, Studs Terkel's interview with a fire fighter, and riveting accounts of the FDNY's role in the September 11 tragedy and its aftermath. 16 black-and-white photos are also featured.
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This collection features 21 essays previously published in a variety of books and magazines between 1963 and 2001, and offers insights into the lives and experiences of the men and women who fight fires, in urban, rural and forest environments. Contributing authors from the past and the present include Edward Abbey, Stephen Crane, Thomas Hackett, Sebastian Junger, Elizabeth Kolbert, Norman Maclean, John McPhee, Stephen Pyne, and Studs Terkel. Accessible to general readers. No subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560254027
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Adrenaline
  • Pages: 351
  • Sales rank: 1,371,656
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Photographs viii
Introduction ix
Blowup: What Went Wrong at Storm King Mountain 1
Which Way Did He Run? 17
from The Fire Inside: Firefighters Talk About Their Lives 35
from Fire Line: Summer Battles of the West 57
from Working 73
from Will the Circle Be Unbroken? 81
from Report from Engine Co. 82 87
from On Fire 95
The Chief 105
Bound Upon a Wheel of Fire 117
from Young Men and Fire 127
from Fire on the Rim 165
from USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky 197
from The Journey Home 223
A Reporter at Large: Fire 251
from Yellowstone's Red Summer 289
from Seasonal: A Life Outside 293
Pride and Glory of Firefighting Is Hard to Resist 309
The Fires Next Time 315
from The Pine Barrens 327
When Every One Is Panic Stricken 339
Acknowledgments 347
Permissions 348
Bibliography 350
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