Fire Inside: Firefighters Talk About Their Lives

Fire Inside: Firefighters Talk About Their Lives

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by Steve Delsohn, Stephen Lang
     
 

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Real-life firefighters speak with candor about what it's like to live and work in the line of duty. Gathered here are personal stories from men and women on everything from the daily grind and the effects of their work on family to their encounters with the world's most famous fires. They talk about their injuries, about volunteer firefighting, earthquakes, forest

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Real-life firefighters speak with candor about what it's like to live and work in the line of duty. Gathered here are personal stories from men and women on everything from the daily grind and the effects of their work on family to their encounters with the world's most famous fires. They talk about their injuries, about volunteer firefighting, earthquakes, forest fires, urban medical emergencies and arson. No exaggerations, no false heroism, just true day-to-day accounts of courageousness and fear as they grapple with the daily traumas of their profession.

Assembled here are the most poignant of stories: the human face behind the uniform. Hair raising and awe-inspiring but never false or indulgent, The Fire Inside is an accurate portrayal of the highs and lows, the real-life grit of the world's most dangerous profession.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780694516902
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/01/1996
Edition description:
Abridged, 2 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
4.54(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

Steve Delsohn has written several acclaimed books about sports, including the New York Times bestseller Out of Bounds with NFL great Jim Brown. He is the author of two previous oral histories, The Fire Inside: Firefighters Talk About Their Lives and Talking Irish: The Oral History of Notre Dame Football. Delsohn is also a correspondent for ESPN television. A native of Chicago, he now lives in Thousand Oaks, California, with his wife and three daughters.

Stephen Lang's Broadway work includes Wait Until Dark, A Few Good Men, The Speed of Darkness and Death of a Salesman. His films include Last Exit to Brooklyn, Gettysburg, Gods and Generals, and Tombstone. He is the Co-Artistic Director of the Actors Studio.

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Fire Inside: Firefighters Talk about Their Lives 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In The Fire Inside, Steve Delsohn got firefighters to candidly speak about their most dangerous job. They tell of the trauma of dealing with the victims of fire, the misery in the street, but the camaraderie they find with other firefighters. Fires and firefighters have fascinated people since the profession came around. In this book, The author has taken the time to get behind the scenes, and talk to the men and women who do the backbreaking, dirty work that is firefighting. In their own words they tell about the horrors and the joys that go along with this ever changing profession. I disliked the lack of organization in the book, but this was probably the intention. The book would probably be best read by adults, because of the sometimes vulgar and graphic language that is used in the book. This book is a must for every fire buff or anyone curious about this strange, but always rewarding job. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The Fire inside" is a great read to get the general idea of what a firefighter does, what they have to do to become a firefighter,  and the camaraderie between firefighters. You here about regular as well as obscure fire and medical runs as well as accounts from  famous fires such as the South Canyon Fire and the San Francisco Earthquake. This is all first hand testimony from firefighter who were there so it is very authentic. The major theme in this book is teamwork and brotherhood. Firefighters depend on each other and if  a mistake is made, people could die. This book would be great for anyone interested in firefighting or who is curious as to what firefighters actually do. What I specifically liked about this book was the variety. Each story or quote averaged about a page and you could really get to see everything that happens rather than just one long story about a specific station or company. What I disliked about the book was that some of the accounts could be confusing because they were not specific enough about the setting and the situation and you could get lost. However most of the book was awesome. Someone should read this because it will give them a greater appreciation for firefighters and emergency personel in general. You realize you have to be tough and not squimish to have this job. Firefighters have to see people in the worst moments of their lives and a lot of people don't realize that. This book would be an awful movie because it is a collection of quotes and memoirs that are too vastly different and short to make a movie out of. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 and strongly recommend reading it.
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