Dust jacket notes: "Dennis Smith, firefighter and best-selling author of several books on firefighting, now turns to the history of firefighting in America, capturing the enthusiasm and dedication as well as the changes that have taken place in the attitudes of firefighters during the 370 years since America was colonized. In this vivid account, profusely illustrated with line art and photographs, Dennis Smith covers America's most notable fires, from the burning of the first colony at Jamestown in 1608 to the Beverly Hills Supper Club tragedy in Kentucky in 1977. His knowledgeable re-creation of such scenes as the Boston fires in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the burning of Washington during the War of 1812, the great Chicago fire of 1871, San Francisco during the earthquake, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1914, the Hartford circus fire in 1944, and many others dramatically brings to the reader the heroism, tragedy, and awe generated by these disasters. Smith assesses the historical context of the fires, tracing the development of firefighting equipment, fire protection legislation, and mutual insurance societies. He is concerned with individuals, and intersperses his narrative with vignettes describing firefighters' personal courage. This definitive account of firefighters in America is indispensable for history and fire buffs alike, as well as for Dennis Smith fans."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dennis is the father of how firefighters communicate starting with his first firefighter related book, Report from Engine Co 82, founded Firehouse Magazine which all true firefighters have been collecting all their lives like me and have every issue. Anyways, this is a collection of past disasters and history of firefighting and Mr Smith shares his views. Great book and a must for the Dennis Smith book shelf.
I bought this book to donate to our school library in memory of my uncle, a retired fireman, who recently passed away. A very nice book.
I purchased this book as a gift for my son when he became Fire Chief. It combines history and firefighting in such an interesting form. Its the kind of book you go back to read again and again.
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