Monday, March 9, 2015

Fighting Fire!

Cooper, Michael L.  Fighting Fire!  Macmillan/Henry Holt  2014  215p  $19.99  ISBN 978-0-8050-9714-6  ms/hs  Nonfiction  E-BN   

Fighting Fire! covers ten of the deadliest fires in American history.  Many famous fires are included, such as Chicago in 1871, San Francisco in 1906, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire in New York in 1911, the World Trade Center in 2001, and the San Diego County wildfires of 2007.  Also discussed are lesser-known, but just as devastating, fires, including Boston in 1760, New York in 1835, Baltimore in 1904, the General Slocum excursion boat fire in New York in 1904, and the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in Boston in 1942.  The author gives vivid descriptions of the fires and fire-fighting techniques available at the time of each fire, as well as the impact each one had on safety codes.  The book includes photographs of fire engines, a list of fire museums, a list of recommended reading, including websites, source notes, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index.        

Summary: Ten stories about the most deadly fires in American history are collected in this book.     

Fire fighting                                         --Stephanie Pennucci

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