07/17/11 118 W, 1 I - + 4 - 1 Crucible of Fire by Bruce Hensler

New on the blogger's bookself is Crucible of Fire: Nineteenth-Century Urban Fires and the Making of the Modern Fire Service by Bruce Hepler, a firefighter with over three decades of experience in roles both on the line and in senior positions. Book details: cloth-bound, 260 pages, 6 by 9 inches, 29 black-and-white images. Book descriptions are available on both the author's web site (longer) and the publisher's web site (shorter). Robust bibliography, and it shows in the citations and research. But... how is the book? Fantastic so far. Have read about a fifth of the thing. Will a book review appear later? Perhaps, but why wait to start reading?

Speaking of excellent books, I’m reading Dave Houseal’s new release “They Come in Threes”. This is his concluding work in a trilogy on firefighting in Harrisburg, PA for the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire and Progress Fire Company (amongst many other local Central PA volunteer & city departments). Excellent writing in the style of Dennis Smith and Leo Stapleton. Highly recommended. More about the book on the publisher, DMC’s site:


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