Synopses & Reviews
Explores the role of firefighting in human history while chronicling the world's most famous fires. An innovative, vividly illustrated chronicle of humankind's struggle to subdue nature's most primal and destructive force -- from Rome in 64 AD to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 -- Firefighting examines history's most formidable fires, showing how each influenced the evolution of firefighting technology, equipment, and tactics. Following today's firefighters as they prepare to meet the challenges of tomorrow's fires, no other book has explored the role of the firefighter in human society-past, present, and future quite like Firefighting.
About the Author
Jack Gottschalk served for many years as a licensed fire investigator and is well versed in all facets of fire prevention, detection, and analysis. As a historian of firefighting, Gottschalk has contributed numerous articles to newspapers and journals, and he maintains close ties with firefighting agencies and training centers. He lives in New Jersey.