Signed Edition Sweepstakes
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors



Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
  1. $11.20 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

    Sherwood Nation

    Benjamin Parzybok 9781618730862

spacer

This item may be
out of stock.

Click on the button below to search for this title in other formats.


Check for Availability
Add to Wishlist

This title in other editions

Ghosts of the Fireground: Echoes of the Great Peshtigo Fire and the Calling of a Wildland Firefighter

Ghosts of the Fireground: Echoes of the Great Peshtigo Fire and the Calling of a Wildland Firefighter Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

On October 8, 1871, a wildfire of staggering immensity transformed the lumbering town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin (population 2,000), into a literal, burning hell. It was the deadliest fire in North American history. At least 1,200 people died, and the actual number of fatalities is unknown. Eighteen hundred square miles of woods, fields, and settlements were burned. By cruel coincidence, it was the very day and hour of the Great Chicago Fire.... The unlikely simultaneity of the two infernos has rendered Peshtigo unknown to most Americans.

April 2000: On the brink of one of the most ferocious fire seasons ever recorded, and faced with the challenge of commanding an elite attack helicopter team, wildland firefighter Peter Leschak discovers Father Pernin's written account of surviving the wildfire that devastated Peshtigo. As he takes us through Father Pernin's dangerous clash with the Great Peshtigo Fire, Leschak recounts his journey from a life preparing for the ministry to a career dedicated to fighting fires. In so doing, he breathes life into one of the most astounding and little-known disasters in American history and captures the sacred and mysterious pull of the fireground. From Father Pernin's struggle with an inferno so hot that not even the cold waters of the Peshtigo River guaranteed safety to the danger of today's frontline battles in America's wildlands, Ghosts of the Fireground weaves seamlessly between these compelling adventures, offering a breathtaking look at the awesome power of fire and the courageous and noble pursuit that is wildland firefighting.

Synopsis:

In April 2000, firefighter Peter Leschak discovered the diary of Father Pernin, a survivor of a wildfire that hit Peshtigo, Wisconsin, in 1871. Here, Leschak presents Pernin's reflections during this little-known disaster, while Leschak's firsthand accounts of his own breathtaking frontline battles 130 years later provide lessons in courage and faith.

About the Author

Peter M. Leschak has been a firefighter in both wildland and municipal settings for more than twenty years. He's the author of several acclaimed works of nonfiction, including Letters from Side Lake and The Bear Guardian, winner of the Minnesota Book Award. Leschak has written for numerous periodicals, including Harper's, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and Outdoor Life.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780062517777
Subtitle:
Echoes of the Great Peshtigo Fire and the Calling of a Wildland Firefighter
Author:
Leschak, Peter M.
Author:
Leschak, P.
Publisher:
HarperOne
Location:
San Francisco
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
History
Subject:
American
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Forest fires
Subject:
Forest fire fighters.
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
no. 142
Publication Date:
20020702
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.97 in 18.88 oz

Related Subjects

» History and Social Science » Americana » Fire Fighting

Ghosts of the Fireground: Echoes of the Great Peshtigo Fire and the Calling of a Wildland Firefighter
0 stars - 0 reviews
$ In Stock
Product details 288 pages HarperOne - English 9780062517777 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In April 2000, firefighter Peter Leschak discovered the diary of Father Pernin, a survivor of a wildfire that hit Peshtigo, Wisconsin, in 1871. Here, Leschak presents Pernin's reflections during this little-known disaster, while Leschak's firsthand accounts of his own breathtaking frontline battles 130 years later provide lessons in courage and faith.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.