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 arenÃ¢ÂÂt the adrenaline junkies or romantic heroes as theyÃ¢ÂÂre so often portrayed.
An immersion into a dangerous world, On the Fireline is also a sophisticated analysis of a high-risk professionÃ¢ÂÂand a captivating read.
Ã¢ÂÂGripping . . . 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.Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂDavid Grazian, Sociological Forum
Ã¢ÂÂAlong with the risks and sorrow, Desmond also presents the humor and comaraderie of ordinary men performing extraordinary tasks.ÃÂ . . . AÃÂ good complement to Norman Maclean's Young Men and Fire. Recommended.Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂLibrary Journal
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.
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