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Ghosts of the Fireground: Echoes of the Great Peshtigo Fire and the Calling of a Wildland Firefighter

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A firefighter's remarkable first–hand account of the lessons of tragedy, courage and faith in the epic struggle between man and fire.

In April of 2000, on the brink of one of the most ferocious fire seasons ever recorded, Peter Leschak discovers the diary of Father Pernin, one of the few survivors of a wildfire that hit Peshtigo, Wisconsin, in 1871. Throughout this harrowi
Published July 22nd 2003 by HarperOne (first published July 1st 2002)
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Bo Day
I'd never heard of the Peshtigo fire before I read this book. Leschak's knowledge and understanding of fire gives hair raising context to the observations of Reverend Peter Pernin during that horrible fire. For that knowledge alone, it's worth the read.

The descriptions of Leschak's fire fighting experiences are less exciting, and in some places too technical for me. I found myself skimming through a lot of passages, but maybe that's just me. I also kept expecting Leschak to relate a really dange
Fuego En Mi Corazon
A fair book. The writing was sometimes old-fashioned and the plot seemed to move slow or be nonexistant in places. The constant religious references were off-putting and alienating, I don't want to read about how someone found God, I want to read about his adventures as a fire fighter! One or two references are okay, but it was a little heavy on the religious front. Didn't leave much room for any other thoughts or ideas.

The history however was interesting, especially seeing how the Peshtigo fire
I started reading this book with a healthy sense of skepticism, but was quickly proven wrong. Despite Leschak's penchant for romanticizing and nostalgia, he cuts to the quick of human nature in incredibly difficult, dangerous, and beautiful settings. Particularly fire. I enjoyed the historical aspect a lot, as an amateur history lover.
A pretty good book about fighting wildfires. The weaving in of the story of Father Pernin and his struggles during the Peshtigo fire don't always seem entirely relevant, but are still interesting. It was funny that I happened to drive by Peshtigo while reading the book.
Jennifer Busick
Leschak is at his best when talking about fire -- the wildfires he fights, or the Peshtigo fire that forms his historic backdrop. When he veers into spirituality, the narrative suffers. Overall a good read.
A wonderful historical retelling and personal narrative. Required reading for anyone who has walked the fire grounds.
Great book that weaves current day experiences of a wildland firefighter with the deadliest wildfire in our history.
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