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

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

by Clint Willis (Editor)


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781560254027
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/01/2002
Series: Adrenaline Series
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,212,001
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 10.00(d)

Table of Contents

Blowup: What Went Wrong at Storm King Mountain1
Which Way Did He Run?17
from The Fire Inside: Firefighters Talk About Their Lives35
from Fire Line: Summer Battles of the West57
from Working73
from Will the Circle Be Unbroken?81
from Report from Engine Co. 8287
from On Fire95
The Chief105
Bound Upon a Wheel of Fire117
from Young Men and Fire127
from Fire on the Rim165
from USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky197
from The Journey Home223
A Reporter at Large: Fire251
from Yellowstone's Red Summer289
from Seasonal: A Life Outside293
Pride and Glory of Firefighting Is Hard to Resist309
The Fires Next Time315
from The Pine Barrens327
When Every One Is Panic Stricken339

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