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Fire Fighters: Stories of Survival from the Front Lines of Firefightingby Clint Willis
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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.
Book News Annotation:
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.
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Stories of today's true fire-fighting heroes are presented in this inspiring anthology--from Great Gulch to Yellowstone to riveting accounts of the FDNY's role in the September 11 tragedy and its aftermath. 16 photos.
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