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On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Publication date August 1, 2009
Pages 369
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780226144092
ISBN-10 0226144097
Dimensions 1 by 5.75 by 8.75 in.
Weight 1.10 lbs.
Original list price $24.00
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
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In this rugged account of a rugged profession, Matthew Desmond explores the heart and soul of the wildland firefighter. Having joined a firecrew in Northern Arizona as a young man, Desmond relates his experiences with intimate knowledge and native ease, adroitly balancing emotion with analysis and action with insight. On the Fireline shows that these firefighters aren’t the adrenaline junkies or romantic heroes as they’re so often portrayed.

An immersion into a dangerous world, On the Fireline is also a sophisticated analysis of a high-risk profession—and a captivating read.

“Gripping . . . a masterful account of how young men are able to face down wildfire, and why they volunteer for such an enterprise in the first place.”—David Grazian, Sociological Forum

“Along with the risks and sorrow, Desmond also presents the humor and comaraderie of ordinary men performing extraordinary tasks. . . . A good complement to Norman Maclean's Young Men and Fire. Recommended.”—Library Journal



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Hardcover
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from Univ of Chicago Pr (October 30, 2007)
9780226144085 | details & prices | 369 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $26.00
About: Journeys inside the dangerous world of wildland firefighters to explore the reasons why men and women across the country risk their lives for low pay to fight forest fires, detailing the hazards and hardships of their career, the everyday facets of their lives, and the uniquely close bonds they form amongst themselves.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Univ of Chicago Pr (August 1, 2009)
9780226144092 | details & prices | 369 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $24.00
About: In this rugged account of a rugged profession, Matthew Desmond explores the heart and soul of the wildland firefighter.

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