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"Origins of Firefighting in the United States," "Becoming a Firefighter," "Tools of the Trade," "Fire Apparatus," "Firefighters in the Popular Imagination," "Volunteer Firefighters," "Metropolitan City and County Fire Departments," "America's Federal & Military Firefighters," and "Wildland Firefighting in the American West." That sampling of chapter titles gives you some sense of the breadth of this collection of essays on the practice and practitioners of this brave profession, but only perusing (and hefting!) this giant coffee-table book will give you a sense of its full worth. Its 500 contemporary and archival illustrations, for example, infuse its history of U.S. firefighting with a sense of the challenges these brave men and women faced fighting conflagrations.