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Fighting Fire!: Ten of the Deadliest Fires in American History and How We Fought Them

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From colonial times to the modern day, two things have remained constant in American history: the destructive power of fires and the bravery of those who fight them.

Fighting Fire! brings to life ten of the deadliest infernos this nation has ever endured: the great fires of Boston, New York, Chicago, Baltimore, and San Francisco, the disasters of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fac
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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I really enjoyed this book. It is a well researched book on some pretty catastrophic fires in our nation’s history. These disasters are covered methodically through time. As time progresses from the first Boston fire in 1760 until today, the reader gets to experience the leaps and strides made in fire fighting. These strides include developments in fire fighting equipment, fire safety, safety in the workplace, fire prevention, etc. I maybe a little biased; but as a former fireman I found the boo ...more
Sharon Tyler
Fighting Fire!: Ten of the Deadliest Fires in American History and How We Fought Them by Michael Cooper is a nonfiction book for children and adults alike. The book details 10 of the deadliest fires in American history from colonial times to the modern day. There are two constants in all of the stories, the destructive power of fires and the bravery of those who fight them. The infernoes included in this book are the great fires of Boston, New York, Chicago, Baltimore, and San Francisco, the dis ...more
My father is a volunteer firefighter so that sparked my interest when I saw this book at the library. I did not realize it was a middle school book since it was shelved in general non-fiction. But the writing is much crisper and easier to read because of that level. The author does an excellent job of describing each fire, its historical context, how the firefighters combated the fire, and the repercussions. There were a few moments where I felt the author was overexplaining a few terms but then ...more
Sharon Lawler
Starting with the 1760 fire that ravaged Boston, and ending with the 2007 San Diego county fire, this middle grade and above text details the ten deadliest fires in the US. In a clear writing style, each chapter is punctuated by several illustrations, photos, and reproductions of newspaper headlines. The book can be read as a continual improvement of fire fighting, or each chapter could stand on it's own as a part of that city's history. Besides the sequence of events leading up to and the techn ...more
Clear writing, all the jargon is defined. Though the subtitle says this is about how these fires were fought, it really provides a larger picture. I actually wished there was more about how people fight fires. It did address the many changes we've made in the US over the years to increase fire safety. Nearly every chapter spoke to that until it got to 9/11. I may be biased, that being a tragedy I remember quite vividly but it felt far more terrifying than the rest since almost everything else wa ...more
Ms. Yingling
I must admit that I blanched a bit when I saw that this was over 200 pages long; it's tough to get students to read nonfiction over 64 pages. However, the way this book is set up, I think that students find this interesting. There are ten very different fires described, from a 1760 Boston fire I'd never heard about, to a New York pleasure boat fire in 1904 that killed over 1,000 people, to fires in San Francisco and California. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and Cocoanut Grove fires, as well as ...more
3 1/2 stars. Tells the story of 10 of the worst American fires. For the most part the book held my attention. Some chapters were definitely more interesting than others. I will openly admit that I'm not much of a nonfiction fan, and while this wasn't the worst book I've ever read--it certainly wasn't the best. I do believe it has appeal for younger boys.
Rebecca Honeycutt
Disaster-hungry readers will appreciate the descriptions (complete with black-and-white photos and illustrations) of fiery devastation, even though the overall layout of the book is fairly uninspiring; educators will appreciate use of primary sources (complete with source notes and a bibliography).
Firefighting equipment and techniques have changed dramatically over the centuries. This book tells the stories of 10 different, deadly fires that have occurred in the US from Colonial times to the present. With drawings and photos to support the narrative text, these changes can be clearly seen. Several of the fires described were ones that I was quite familiar with, but others were unknown to me. While an interesting and informative text, it may have a select audience unless it can be tied to ...more
Karen Arendt
An informative look at how firefighting has evolved in American History, focusing on ten fires in history, including the September 11 attack. The focus of the book is how the fires were fought rather than the start of them and the devastation caused. Very informative.
Cooper provides a readable history of ten of the deadliest fires in American history. The subject matter isn't always a pleasant read, but the spirit and strength of the firefighters and survivors comes through. I was slightly disappointed that all of the illustrations and photographs were black and white. Fire is such an amazing substance that I think some color photos from more recent fires would have been dynamic. However at the same time I appreciated the mood created by only having black an ...more
Edward Sullivan
Spanning from the late 18th century to the recent past, Cooper chronicles in a richly illustrated, dramatic narrative ten fires that each provide a different angle to the history of American firefighting.
Excellent primer for the children who are interesting in fire fighters/fighting.
Just started reading.... Thoroughly enjoying this book so far.

Each fire has led to improvements in fire service and firefighting.
It is amazing how people can rebuild and change things for the better after a tragedy.
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