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    Fire Lover: A True Story
    by Joseph Wambaugh
    Hardcover (30 April, 2002)
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    Isbn: 006009527X
    Sales Rank: 129763
    Subjects:  1. Arson    2. Biography & Autobiography    3. Biography/Autobiography    4. California    5. Case studies    6. Criminals & Outlaws    7. Nonfiction - True Crime / Espionage    8. Orr, John Leonard    9. Other Miscellaneous Crimes    10. Pyromania    11. True Crime / General   


    3000 Degrees: The True Story of a Deadly Fire and the Men Who Fought It
    by Sean Flynn
    Hardcover (April, 2002)
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    Isbn: 0446528315
    Sales Rank: 196823
    Subjects:  1. Casualities    2. Disaster Relief & Rescue Operations    3. Fire extinction    4. Fires    5. History    6. History - General History    7. History: American    8. Massachusetts    9. Reference    10. United States - State & Local - General    11. Worcester    12. Current Events / General    13. September 11 Terrorist Attacks    14. Current Events    15. American    16. Fire fighters    17. United States - 20th Century    18. New York (State)    19. Heroes   

    Firestorm at Peshtigo: A Town, Its People, and the Deadliest Fire in American History
    by William Lutz, Denise Gess
    Hardcover (02 August, 2002)
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    Isbn: 0805067809
    Sales Rank: 84730
    Subjects:  1. 19th century    2. Disaster Relief & Rescue Operations    3. Forest fires    4. History    5. History - General History    6. History: American    7. Natural Disasters    8. Peshtigo    9. Peshtigo (Wis.)    10. United States - 19th Century    11. United States - General    12. United States - State & Local - General    13. Wisconsin    14. History / United States / 19th Century   

    Fire and Ashes: On the Front Lines of American Wildfire
    by John N. Maclean
    Hardcover (01 June, 2003)
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    Isbn: 0805072128
    Sales Rank: 11846
    Subjects:  1. Fire ecology    2. Forest Fires    3. Forests & Forestry    4. Natural Disasters    5. Nature    6. Nature/Ecology    7. Political Freedom & Security - Law Enforcement    8. Politics - Current Events    9. Prevention and control    10. United States    11. Wildfires   


    Boston on Fire: A History of Fires and Firefighting in Boston
    by Stephanie Schorow
    Hardcover (01 July, 2003)
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    Isbn: 1889833444
    Sales Rank: 111332
    Subjects:  1. Boston    2. Fire extinction    3. Fires    4. History    5. History - General History    6. History: American    7. Massachusetts    8. United States - State & Local - General    9. United States - State & Local - New England   


    Fire Cops : On the Case withAmerica's Arson Investigators
    by Michael Sasser
    Paperback (01 January, 1998)
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    Isbn: 0671536117
    Sales Rank: 302411
    Subjects:  1. Biography/Autobiography    2. General    3. Murder - General    4. Nonfiction - True Crime / Espionage    5. Biography & Autobiography / General   


    by David Halberstam
    Paperback (21 May, 2003)
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    Editorial Review

    Thirteen men from Engine 40, Ladder 35 firehouse initially responded to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; only one survived. Located near Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the firehouse was known for its rich tradition and strong leadership. This gripping book details the actions of the 13 men on that horrific day and the heartbreaking aftermath--the search for the bodies, the efforts of their families to deal with overwhelming grief, and the guilt and conflicting emotions of the surviving members of the firehouse. The book is also about the men themselves and the tight bond and sense of duty and honor that held them together. David Halberstam does a masterful job of illustrating the inner workings of a firehouse, with its traditions, routines, and complex social structure that in many ways resembles a "vast extended second family--rich, warm, joyous, and supportive, but on occasion quite edgy as well, with all the inevitable tensions brought on by so many forceful men living so closely together over so long a period of time." He also explains why so many men choose this life despite the high risk, relatively low pay, and physical and emotional demands of the job.

    Halberstam and his family live three and a half blocks from Engine 40, Ladder 35, and he writes of these 13 men in such a loving and precise way that he could be describing members of his own clan. Deeply felt and emotional, Firehouse is a tribute to these decent, honorable, and heroic men and a celebration of their selflessness not only as firefighters but also as husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, and friends. --Shawn Carkonen ... Read more

    Isbn: 0786888512
    Subjects:  1. Fire Dept    2. Fire Science    3. History & Theory - General    4. History - General History    5. New York (N.Y.)    6. Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism    7. Political Science    8. Politics/International Relations    9. September 11 Terrorist Attacks    10. September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001    11. Terrorism    12. United States - 21st Century    13. World Trade Center (New York,    14. Political Science / History & Theory   


    Report from Engine Co. 82
    by Dennis Smith
    Paperback (01 April, 1999)
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    Isbn: 0446675520
    Sales Rank: 27289
    Subjects:  1. Biography & Autobiography    2. Biography/Autobiography    3. Bronx (New York, N.Y.)    4. Fire Science And Technology    5. Fire departments    6. Fire extinction    7. Fire stations    8. General    9. New York    10. New York (State)    11. Sociology    12. Sociology - Urban    13. Biography & Autobiography / General   


    Director: Ron Howard
    DVD (02 September, 2003)
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    A somewhat contrived screenplay doesn't stop this thriller from serving up some of the most spectacular fire sequences ever committed to film. Like any Ron Howard production Backdraft is impressively slick and boasts a stellar cast, including Kurt Russell and William Baldwin. The actors play sibling rivals who have been at odds since the death of their firefighter father years earlier. Robert De Niro is the veteran fire inspector who is tracking a series of mysterious and deadly arsons, and Donald Sutherland is effectively creepy as the former arsonist who understands the criminal psychology of pyromaniacs. Rebecca De Mornay, Scott Glenn, and Jennifer Jason Leigh are featured in supporting roles. Backdraft is a triumph of stunt work and flaming special effects. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more


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    Asin: 0783223609
    Subjects:  1. Feature Film-action/Adventure   

    To Sleep with the Angels : The Story of a Fire (Illinois)
    by David Cowan
    Paperback (25 October, 1998)
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    Isbn: 156663217X
    Sales Rank: 157490
    Subjects:  1. 20th century    2. Chicago    3. Chicago (Ill.)    4. Elementary    5. Elementary schools    6. Fires    7. Fires and fire prevention    8. History    9. History - General History    10. Illinois    11. True Crime    12. United States - 20th Century/50s    13. United States - State & Local - General    14. History / United States / State & Local   


    9/11 - The Filmmakers' Commemorative Edition
    Director: Gédéon Naudet, Jules Naudet, James Hanlon, Rob Klug
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    DVD (12 September, 2002)
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    Originally broadcast on CBS in March 2002, 9/11 is an extraordinary record of that fateful day in New York City. This one-of-a-kind documentary was originally conceived as a portrait of 21-year-old Tony Benetatos, a firefighter trainee at Manhattan's Duane Street firehouse, located seven blocks from the World Trade Center. By the time filming was finished, brothers Jules and Gedeon Naudet had captured history in the making, including the only image of the first jetliner striking Tower 1, and the only footage from within the tower as it collapsed. This is not, however, a film about the murderous nightmare of terrorism. It's the ultimate rite-of-passage drama, more immediate and meaningful than any fiction film could be, with Benetatos and his supportive colleagues emerging as heroes of the first order. Sensitively narrated by codirector and fellow firefighter James Hanlon, 9/11 will endure forever as a tribute to those, living and dead, who witnessed hell on that sunny Tuesday morning. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more


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    1-0 out of 5 stars The most evil movie ever made
    This movie is a propaganda HOAX, made by people who knew the attacks were coming and who were assigned to dramatically film the day's events according to a choreograped script.It was intended to be about 9/11 all along, ever since they started filming it in June 2001.It is full of dozens of clues of guilty foreknowledge.For some of the most glaring examples see

    The business about the rookie firefighter Tony is a COVER STORY."Tony" is an actor, not a fireman.He even gets a singing credit at the end.He does not appear anywhere in the boot camp footage where they claim to have discovered him.Nor is he ever shown doing one lick of actual firefighting work anywhere in the movie.All he does is hang around and wear a uniform.They invent an elaborate ruse (sending the cameraman back for gloves, then ditching the cameraman), by which to get him off camera for most of the big day (9/11).All of his heroics (7+ hours of alleged search/rescue attempts from late morning to early evening on 9/11) are OFFSCREEN -- because they didn't really happen.Then he unexplainedly comes back alone, without the old retiree Larry Burns whom he went to the WTC with.

    Jules and Gedeon Naudet should be sought for questioning for complicity in mass murder!James Hanlon and Joseph Pfeifer too.Clearly elements of the FDNY were infiltrated by the perpetrators of 9/11 (CIA and other elements of US Govt) in order to produce "accidental" footage of unique propaganda value.They even show themselves committing ritual murder against Mychal Judge, the FDNY chaplain, inside Tower 1:

    Wake up, folks, we were DUPED, and this movie is the murderers rubbing our stupidity in our faces!It is a MOCK-YOU-DRAMA.

    5-0 out of 5 stars True to life
    As a paramedic, I enjoyed the realism of this documentary.No sensationalistic nonsense here.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best 9/11 documentary out!!!!!!!!!!
    This is by far the BEST 9/11 documentary around!When it came out on TV my husband and I went to our fire department to watch it.We were not the only ones who had that idea.EVERY FIREFIGHTER in our department was there.I don't think there was a dry eye in the place when it was over.It really showed what happened to the firefighters, and how they WANTED to be there. ... Read more

    Asin: B00006B1HI
    Subjects:  1. Documentary   


    Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time
    by Michael Perry
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (30 September, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Ride On!
    Perry has the feel of a small town, from the point of view of a volunteer, down pat.I know, I live in the same small town in Tennessee, and am an active member of the Pine Grove Volunteer Fire Department.His details are technically correct, and presented from my own point of view!It drags and wanders a little in places, but was so much fun that I attribute the transgressions to one more quirky member of the VFD.If I ever have an accident in Cheesetown, I hope it's in Nabburn!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Highly Enjoyable Montage
    POPULATION: 485 - MEETING YOUR NEIGHBORS ONE SIREN AT A TIME is a collection of essays written by Michael Perry, an EMT and nurse whose reflections on life and death in a small Wisconsin town are, at turns, both hilarious and heartbreaking. The cast of characters is about as eclectic and eccentric as they come and though Perry does indulge in some cockeyed and occasionally dark humor, it's always balanced out by his obvious empathy for his fellow man. In a voice that is refreshingly honest and painfully real, Perry weaves a heartwarming tapestry using story threads that represent some of the highest and lowest (and occasionally final) moments in his neighbors' lives. His literary style and introspective observations are both distinctive and disarming, creating a reading experience that is satisfying on many levels. Perry may be a small-town boy at heart but his tales about the sometimes tragic and often quirky ebb and flow of life in this tiny rural community will resonate within the hearts of even the biggest city dwellers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Remarkable
    I live in a town of 18,000 in Wisconin and work in healthcare. This is a remarkably well written work from the heart. It is a delight to have found a book that so eloquently captures many of the sentiments that are generated by the privledges and difficulties inherent in caring for ones neighbors.Very touching - without being maudlin.

    ... Read more

    Isbn: 0060958073
    Sales Rank: 13872
    Subjects:  1. 20th Century American Prose    2. Biography / Autobiography    3. Biography/Autobiography    4. Medical - General    5. Personal Memoirs    6. Special Interest - Adventure    7. Travel   


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